NTV news anchor and presenter, Faridah Nakazibwe last week got married to Dr Omar Ssali in a wedding ceremony that took place in Dubai.
This could have been the best day of her life but it could as well have marked the beginning of her husband’s suffering.
According to Nakazibwe, her ex lover Hajji Moses Kigongo, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman, has been calling and threatening Ssali.
“The tension and threats intensified as we drew closer to our kwanjula. We were being trailed daily and on two occasions, Omar was attacked and beaten up by goons. We have three files at police for harassment and we are yet to get help. Elders tried to intervene but the big Hajji only said I belong to him. To avoid eventualities, both our families agreed to halt the traditional wedding,” she says in a statement.
“That is how we opted for a Nikah out of town, to cut the attention and tension. The Nikah [in Dubai] was conducted by Sheikh Muhammad Luggya, the Imam of Hamad bin Sultan masjid in Al Hamriyah. I was shocked to learn three days later from the presiding Sheikh that someone from Uganda called, blaming him for wedding a married woman.”
She challenges Hajji Kigongo, through pictorial evidence or any document, to prove that she is married to him.
“It has been a long fight we have kept under wraps, hoping that Hajji will move on since he is married, like it is alleged. I do not regret involving myself with such a person; I choose to treat it as a mistake from which I have picked a lesson or two. [Hajji Kigongo], please leave me alone. I do not owe you anything; even the back of your head knows it.”
Nakazibwe further says that when the two met, she listened to him because he sounded mature.
“I gave him the benefit of doubt, hoping that it would work out. Eventually, I realised that he wanted a wife but was reluctant to marry [one]. I also realised he wanted to use me to get back at his estranged wife [Uganda National Chamber of Commerce boss, Olive Kigongo] and my leaving him meant embarrassment on his part,” she writes.
Apparently, that is why she walked out of the relationship in which she had been for six months. Consequently, she hooked Omar around the same time.
“I did not want to push on because I realised it was a big shoe I innocently tried to fit in. I gladly handed over his only property I had – a Land Cruiser Prado UAV 305K. I dare Hajji Kigongo to sincerely come out and prove to the world that he gave me anything else like a house or huge sums of money like it is alleged. I dare him. For, a man who chases the mother of his kids out of a house to bring in another; a man who asks back a gift surely cannot give out much generously. That I can say again,” Nakazibwe laments.
By press time it was not possible to get comment from Hajji Kigongo.