The eagerly anticipated Busoga Kingdom royal wedding between Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope IV and Ms Jovia Mutesi is set to last two hours, as confirmed by Prime Minister (Katuukiro) Dr Joseph Muvawala. The wedding, scheduled to take place at Christ’s Church Bugembe in Jinja City, will commence at precisely 11 am and conclude at 1 pm.
According to Dr Muvawala, guests are expected to start arriving between 8:30 am and 9 am, with the king and bride arriving at 10:45 am and later from Kamuli District and Mayuge District, respectively. The church service, accommodating 2,500 guests, will be conducted outdoors. Dr Muvawala urged attendees to arrive early to avoid inconveniences, emphasizing that the wedding ceremony will begin promptly at 11 am.
Following the wedding, Kyabazinga and Queen will lead a procession on the streets of Jinja City, greeting their subjects. The Kyabazinga will later rest and proceed to Igenge Palace for the dinner and reception, starting at 4 pm for the invited guests. President Museveni will serve as the chief celebrant, with international guests from Switzerland, America, Kenya, and other countries already in attendance.
Dr Muvawala detailed that the church service would be conducted in Lusoga and Luganda, featuring a 100-member choir, including one from Kawempe, courtesy of the Archdeaconry of Kampala.
According to Andrew Ntange, the kingdom spokesperson, the Kyabazinga and Queen will be dressed in traditional attire for the morning exit from their respective palaces. For the wedding reception, the Kyabazinga will wear a suit, while the queen will don a ball dress. Dress code requirements for guests include suits with bowties for males and ball dresses for females.
Invited guests will access Igenge Palace for the reception using invitation cards with metallic strips, allowing scanning for details such as tables and specific seats. The dress code for guests is suits or traditional attire like Kanzu and gomesi.
For those unable to attend physically, arrangements have been made to watch the proceedings on giant screens at designated locations in their respective chiefdoms. The released program for viewing the royal wedding on giant screens indicates various venues, including Namutumba District headquarters, Luuka District headquarters, Bugiri District, and Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.