A couple is seeking Shs600m compensation from Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary over a cancelled wedding.
Through their lawyers of Mujurizi, Alinatwe & Byamukama Advocates, Benson Muhwezi and Sophie Akankwasa, say they suffered losses and mental breakdown resulting from the cancellation of their wedding, 48 hours to the event.
Uganda Radio Network [URN] reports that the Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary allegedly negligently cancelled the wedding basing on rumours.
The couple says it went through all the necessary requirements for holy matrimony including the bans of marriage for 21 days as required by law.
On November 28, 2019, the couple says, “without a valid reason and without fair hearing,” their wedding was halted following a directive from the Kampala Diocesan Secretary, Reverend Canon John Awodi.
They had already paid all service providers for over 1,000 guests.
The wedding preparation cost about Shs750m.
Canon John Awodi in his letter to Rev. Kenneth Karyeija, the Vicar St. Stephen’s Kitara Church of Uganda directed the said wedding to be halted pending resolution of matters relating to Muhwezi’s alleged customary marriage with a one Sarah Kemigisha.
Reverend Canon Awodi explained that the church had received an objection to the marriage of the couple from Kemigisha claiming that she was legally married to Muhwezi since 2001.
The Church said it couldn’t proceed with the said marriage since Kemigisha had complained that the issues relating to the custody of their two children hadn’t been resolved.
“I also request that you furnish this office with all documents that have been tendered by the said Muhwezi Benson and Akankwasa Sophie as soon as possible,” said Rev. Awodi in his letter.
He added: “Going ahead with this wedding prior to the matters being resolved shall be an illegality.”
The couple’s notice issued on Monday February 17 also wants the church to publish an apology to the couple and pay them legal fees of Shs10m.
Muhwezi met his would be bride, Akankwasa in 2014 and started a relationship.
Having cohabited with Akankwasa, and had two children with her, Muhwezi sought to marry her through a church wedding.
Since he was a Muslim, Muhwezi even converted and followed the Church requirements.
He got baptized on October 25, 2019 and was confirmed on November 3rd, 2019.
“I had been preparing for my wedding with Sophia Akankwasa until Sarah raised an objection,” Muhwezi contends.