AFTER being on separation for 39 years, 98-year-old Mushiba Imonda and 82-year-old Sitali Kalaluka over the weekend re-married at a wedding held at Mongu Trades Training Institute.
The newly-weds’ motorcade brought business to a virtue standstill as it moved from Nalumba Lodge where the couple emerged from separate rooms to the venue of the wedding where a horde of people were anxiously waiting to see the duo.
People of various age groups and sexes lined up the roadside ululating, singing, dancing and waving as the motorcade led by a traffic patrol vehicle cleared the way.
At the reception, the master of ceremonies announced that among the pledges the newly-weds received was K3,500 as contribution towards their honeymoon by lawyer John Kapepe of Mak Partners.
Blessing their union, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church Pastor Ndala Kayongo said in line with the theme of the wedding ‘Omega’, the couple had pledged to reunite and live together ‘till death do us part’, and urged other couples to emulate Mr Imonda and Ms Kalaluka.
Efforts by photojournalists, among others, who jostled to get picture of the couple kissing on three occasions, failed as the bridesmaid got upset after being told to go through the process more than once.
The couple is today expected to undergo the same re-marriage process at Moole Village where Mr Imonda is the headman.
Guest of honour Nathaniel Mubukwanu, who is Mongu Central Member of Parliament, said people should learn lessons from the couple and reflect on their marriages and the country as a whole.
Mr Mubukwanu, who is also North-Western Province Minister, said people should not politicise the ceremony as it had no political inclinations.
Now that we are used to seeing old people marrying, we wonder who is next to say ‘I do; I do your royal highness’?
Prominent among those that attended the wedding were Western Province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga, Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu and representatives from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).