Cyril’s son to pay lobolo in Uganda

Andile to meet his fi­ancee’s fam­ily

Sowetan - - News - By Leon Solomon in Uganda

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s el­dest son Andile will send his en­tourage to Uganda to­mor­row to of­fi­cially kick start lobolo ne­go­ti­a­tions with the fam­ily of his fi­ancee Brid­get Birungi Rwakairu.

Sources in Uganda told Sowe­tan last night that Andile’s en­tourage was ex­pected in the cap­i­tal Kam­pala to­day for the ne­go­ti­a­tions to­mor­row.

“Andile Ramaphosa rep­re­sen­ta­tives will meet Andile’s fi­ancee’s fam­ily for dis­cus­sions on Satur­day. Andile will of­fi­cially be in­tro­duced by his fi­ancee Brid­get to her fam­ily,” the source said.

“The cer­e­mony known as ‘okushaba’ will take place at a res­i­dence in Kololo, a posh sub­urb in Kam­pala. The tra­di­tional func­tion in­volves ne­go­ti­a­tions of mar­riage be­tween the two fam­i­lies and it will be fully hon­oured with the pay­ment of bride wealth. The bride wealth is usu­ally heads of cat­tle,” said the source.

Rwakairu, 37, is a niece to Amama Mbabazi, a for­mer Ugan­dan prime min­is­ter and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

She holds a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) from Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy Bei­jing. She also holds a BSc in en­vi­ron­men­tal engi­neer­ing.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa’s spokes­woman Khusela Diko could not be reached for com­ment last night.

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