Parliament Speaker join Amb. Masolo and his wife Donnah on the floor as they dance to the beats of Gisu lyrics.

 

The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said marriage is a good avenue for bridging unity in the country as it brings together people of different backgrounds.

He said love isn’t imposed but it is an inner feeling of those in love, family, relatives and friends and therefore, it brings people of different backgrounds together.

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“I am a promise keeper and believe that human connectivity should be built on trust, love sharing that under normal circumstances is the basis for which we attend functions and engage in joy as we celebrate. I have tried to be a promise keeper and believe this line is good for all of us” Speaker Oulanyah said.

Speaker Oulanyah was the Chief Guest at the giveaway ceremony of Ambassador Robert Masolo’s daughter, Lisa Masolo,that was held at their country home at Kyampisi village, Kakooge Sub County, Nakasongola District, on Saturday  November 6, 2021. Ambassador Masolo works with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, handling Great Lakes Region issues. Amb. Masolo is also the former Director General of External Security Organisation (ESO).

Among other dignitaries who graced the occasion was Foreign Affairs State Minister, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem; the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje; Kenya Defense Forces General Michael Gichangi and UPDF Maj. Gen. Leon Kasura-Kyomukama, who is also Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture.

The function was also attended by, among others, the NRM Treasurer and wife to Ambassador Masolo’s cousin, Haji Sulaiman Mafabi Lumolo; the wife of Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister, Madam Jacqueline Mbabazi, who relayed her husband’s apologies for not attending, due to other engagements; Members of Parliament, Irene Muloni; Nandala Mafabi; Seth Wambede. Judges Vincent Wagona Fort Portal resident judge, Lawrence Gidudu, the head of Anti-Corruption Court, city advocate Joseph Matsiko, Amb. Francis Butagira, Amb. Angelina Wapakhabulo and city businessman Hamis Kiggundu popularly known as Ham.

 

Also, in attendance was one of the candidates for the cultural leadership of the Bagisu, Mr. Jude Mudoma. The Retired Bishop of Mbale Diocese, Samwiri Wabulakha and Pastor Aloysius Bugingo prayed for the function.

Ambassador Masolo’s daughter is to be married in a Church ceremony this weekend to the son of one of the key business leaders in former Kabale district (now Rubanda District), Mzee Remigio Kataratambi. Some of Mzee Kataratambi’s children were brought up in the home of former Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

The Kabale group was led by former Rubanda West legislator Henry Banyenzaki, other prominent people included Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, businessman Ponsiano Ngabirano of Capital Shoppers, Olive Kigongo of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce boss, Jolly Sabune of Cotton Development Authority, former minister Mary Karooro Okurut, Prince Crispin Junju and NTV General Manager Johnson Omollo.

“Ambassador Masolo has brought us together not as strangers but for good reason. We are now a family and this is one point when we reflect on the good the Lord has been on our side by enabling us to have the type of friends gathered here. We have friends from the Diaspora, Kenya and our own purposely attending the Masolo family giveaway of their dear daughter. I view such ceremonies as a payback for the good connectivity, trust and love the Masolo family has built over a period” he said.

Earlier the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem rallied Ugandans to embrace the spirit of unity and live a life that benefits others. It is useless to live by yourself and want others to be on your side at particular times. I also believe that all the guests here have an attachment to the family of Ambassador Masolo from the different engagements both in private life and the Civil Service as a good servant and man of trust. He thanked Ambassador Masolo for his involvement in returning him from exile.

Ms Jackeline Mbabazi spoke about love and the essence of marriage as an institution and gave encouragement to the new couple, saying that many people talk about marriage being full of challenges but that the truth is about trust and identifying your own rules as a couple, adding that for her and her husband, they have been married for 48 years and are growing stronger every year.

The highlight of the function was when Lisa Masolo’s mother, Donnah Masolo, gave a very powerful and moving speech, which was crowned by Ambassador Masolo singing for his daughter a 1981 song by the ABBAS called “Slipping Through My Fingers”, attracting cheers and tears from many guests.