Former presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has refused bride wealth from South African first family saying it is a sign of disrespect to women.
The former prime minister was over the weekend receiving an entourage from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa whose son Andile wants to marry Mbabazi’s niece, Bridget Birungi Rwakairu.
The 12-man delegation from South Africa was led by Ms Hope Ramaphosa, the mother to the groom.
At the close of the negotiations, Mbabazi accepted only five cows and five goats.
The cows were given to Andile Ramaphosa and his wife to be.
The five Boer goats will be given to the aunties and uncles of Rwakairu as a token of appreciation for raising her up.
Earlier, Andile was one goat as a form of atonement for fathering a child with their daughter out of wedlock.
To justify his actions, Mbabazi said the practice of parents demanding for dowry in exchange for their daughters dehumanises women.
He said the resources parents use to raise children are so invaluable that they cannot be equated to animals.
“Even the so called giveaway ceremony is distorted. We are not giving away our daughter. She is still our own, so whatever you’re going to give us, we are giving it to the young family so that they can multiply it to raise their family,” he is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
He said the practice is a prehistoric form of injustice and that instead people should be cementing the bond between the two families and growing the roots of the family trees.
Dowry as it is known in most cultures is an indirect kind of barter trade where a man intending to marry a woman, gives them animals and other material possessions in exchange for her.