Andile, South African President’s son, over the weekend had his introduction ceremony with his Ugandan fiancee, Bridget Birungi, in Uganda.
His bride, Bridget is a foster daughter and relative of former Ugandan Prime Minister and 2016 presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.
Businesses, transport activities and other events were interrupted in the Ugandan capital as security was heightened and some roads closed as Ramaphosa’s entourage and their host President Yoweri Museveni, who also was accompanied by First Lady Janet, attended the traditional ceremony, locally referred to as enshagararano (escorting the bride).
The guest list also included political bigwigs such as Ugandan Central Bank governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebire, Chief Justice Bart Katurebe, former Minister Jim Muhwezi and several high profile businessmen, including Gordon Wavamuno.
The couple is now expected to plan an elaborate wedding in South Africa later this year.
‘’We would like to thank you for being trustworthy, for being dependable because you fulfilled the conditions. So, we are very happy to fulfill our part of handing over to you the hand of our daughter Bridget Birungi,’’ Mbabazi was quoted saying
’In our culture, we hand the child to the father and it’s now my pleasure to do just that.’’
‘’We accept her as our daughter firstly, and we also accept her as our son’s beloved wife and I can assure you that the two of them are too deeply in love,’’ President Ramaphosa said.
Accompanied by the first lady Dr Tshepo Ramaphosa, his ex-wife Hope Ramaphosa and a delegation of about 150 people, Bridget was received into the first family of South Africa.
‘’As a big army from home, we are delighted that as we go home we won’t go back empty handed,’’ the South African president said.