President Yoweri Museveni has praised former Bushenyi District Chairman, Yowasi Makaaru and his wife Joyce, for setting a good example in their 60 years of marriage.
In a speech read for him by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda during a celebration to mark the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary, Museveni congratulated them on their “steadfast commitment and dedication to the marriage institution up to this time.”
The function took place at the couple’s home in Kabwohe, Sheema District on Saturday August 12, 2017.
“This anniversary celebration is a blessing that many couples yearn for yet they do not live to see it come to pass. This, therefore, is a ceremony of giving thanks to God for the endurance, happiness and good gifts of children that he has given to you as a family. I wish to exhort young couples to build long lasting relationships,” Museveni said.
The President said that the day’s celebration was an inspiration to young people who have just started their marriages and those preparing for them.
“Mr. and Mrs. Makaaru, you are now torch bearers to all young couples and your children will always look up to you as their role models. They will be coming to you for good counsel.”
“This celebration today is a clear indication that you have stood the test of time and you have set an outstanding example to the marriage institution. Maintaining your marriage and holding the banner for six decades is indeed a great milestone. This has enabled you to serve and build the nation better, because family is the foundation of a nation,” Museveni added.
In his speech, Makaaru, 87, who led Bushenyi district for nearly two decades narrated his life’s journey with Joyce, explaining the ups and downs they have endured.
He for instance spoke of his wife’s steadfast love and support when he was arrested and detained at Makindye Military Barracks by the Idi Amin regime in 1971 for joining resistance against that regime.
In response, Prime Minister Rugunda called on all Ugandans to work together, to ensure that “Amin-like regimes do not return to the country.”
The function was attended among others by Ministers for Tourism and Science, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu and Dr Elioda Tumwesigye respectively.
Rugunda delivered Museveni’s gift of Shs15 million to the couple.