As Busoga Sub-region eagerly anticipates the royal wedding of Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope IV, the head of traditional healers in the kingdom, Mr. Patrick Mudungu, has urged married couples within the monarchy to refrain from having sexual intercourse on the eve of the historic event.
The Kyabazinga is scheduled to wed Ms. Jovia Mutesi on November 18, and their marriage is a highly significant occasion.
Mr. Mudungu has advised all married couples to vacate their matrimonial beds on November 17 and sleep separately on the floor to avoid any temptation of intimacy.
He issued a stern warning that disregarding this advice may lead to undesirable consequences.
The purpose of this practice, according to Mr. Mudungu, is to ensure that spirits observing the night remain undisturbed, and couples, especially the married ones, are expected to reflect on their beliefs instead of sharing beds.
Mr. George William Kisule, an elder, emphasized that these traditions hold deep significance and not adhering to them could result in “disaster.”
He explained that by sleeping on the floor separately, the Kyabazinga’s subjects are showing respect to him and not competing with him.
Additionally, Mr. Kisule elaborated on the historical context of such practices, citing their role in safeguarding marriages and discouraging extramarital affairs.
He noted that cultural practices in the past aimed to prevent infidelity and protect the health of both the mother and unborn child. He also pointed out the prevalence of DNA tests in the present day as a consequence of infidelity.
Mr. Henry Mitala Woira, the leader of the royals (Isabalangira) of Bugabula chiefdom, stated that the royal wedding has allowed Busoga to reconnect with its heritage, traditions, values, and norms.
The event will also promote unity, in line with the Kingdom’s motto, “Unity is strength.”
The royal wedding, according to Busoga Kingdom’s Minister for Culture, Mr. Richard Mafumo, is a unique event, given that the last such wedding occurred in 1956.
He noted the differences between the two weddings, including the choice of churches and the bride’s origin.
Mr. Mafumo emphasized that everything associated with the wedding, from the dress code to the food served, will be traditional.
The bride and groom will also undergo cultural rituals conducted by clan heads.