In a surprising turn of events, NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, shared the disappointment of having his invitation revoked just hours before the highly anticipated Busoga Royal Wedding last weekend. Bobi Wine revealed that his exclusion was attributed to the attendance of Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the First Son.
Expressing his frustration, Bobi Wine disclosed that he had cut short his overseas trip to ensure he could attend the historic wedding, to which he had been publicly invited by the Katukiro (Prime Minister) of Busoga. However, at the eleventh hour, organizers informed him that President Museveni, Gen Muhoozi, and their security team had prohibited his participation.
Despite missing the celebration, Bobi Wine graciously congratulated the Busoga royals and the local community during a commemoration event for the Kampala Riots of November 2020. He extended his well-wishes to the Kyabazinga and his Queen, expressing hopes for a happy and fruitful marriage.
The Bosoga royal wedding, a rare event not witnessed since 1954, took place at Christ Cathedral in Bugembe, with the reception hosted at the newly refurbished Igenge Palace. Gen Muhoozi and his wife Charlotte attended the wedding reception, presenting a generous gift of 30 cows to the royal couple on behalf of Muhoozi and President Museveni.
During his speech at the celebration, Kyabazinga William Kadhumbula Nadiope IV acknowledged President Museveni as the most significant contributor to the wedding. He disclosed that Museveni, whom he referred to as the “invisible chairman of the wedding,” had taken on the responsibility of renovating the Budhumbula Palace, where the royals would reside.
The King further revealed that he had informed President Museveni about the impending wedding a year prior, and Museveni willingly took charge of the palace renovations. Museveni’s support for King Nadiope extended beyond the wedding, as he had been a benefactor since the King’s childhood, covering all educational expenses from primary school to his ongoing PhD studies.
In the face of political tensions and personal disappointments, the Busoga Royal Wedding became a symbol of unity and celebration, with the generosity of President Museveni and the well-wishes of Bobi Wine contributing to the complex tapestry of this historic event.