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Stressed Ugandan Groom Absconds His Wedding To Rest At Friend’s Place

An Ugandan groom, Dr Patrick Mbusa Kabagambe, reportedly disappeared on his wedding eve and all means to reach him proved abortive.


Patrick was said to have gone to his friend’s house to rest because he was stressed.

According to Daily Monitor, Patrick and his bride, Christabella Banturaki were to set to tie the knot at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero in Kampala City last Saturday, April 10th. The reception had been organized at Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala.


However, moments before the wedding the groom disappeared and his mobile phone was switched off. This triggered panic, frantic calls, anxiety and confusion among his friends, family and in-laws.


His worried bride-to-be in company of her uncle went to Kasangati Police Station, Wakiso District, where they opened a case of a missing person.


Detectives, relatives and friends began a frantic search for the would-be groom. Worried relatives flooded social media with messages announcing the sudden disappearance of Dr Kabagambe, imploring well-wishers to share information wherever he is spotted, dead or alive.


A relative posted in a WhatsApp group last Saturday,

“Dr Patrick Mbusa Kabagambe has been reported missing with his car UBH 905X on the eve of his wedding this Saturday, 10 April 21, and all his known [telephone] contacts are switched off. The case has been reported at Kasangati Police Station, SD REF 22/10/04/2021. Patriots, let’s assist trace the suspect/victim.”



On the wedding day, Dr. Patrick still didn’t show up, converting what should have been a blissful ceremony into an agonizing blind search.


The bride, who had been informed hours earlier that her groom has yet to appear did not head to All Saints Nakasero Cathedral.


However, some relatives, unaware of the developments, appeared at the church for the scheduled wedding, only to find neither the bride nor the groom were present.


The search continued the following day, Sunday, April 11th, but before the police could involve other tracking units to establish his last contacts, the groom presented himself at Wandegeya Police Station in Kampala.


The deputy spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Police, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, who confirmed the incident on Monday, Aprl 12, said Patrick told detectives that he was not a missing person as reported to the Force, but went to spend a night at the home of an undisclosed friend because he was stressed.


“He said he was stressed. He didn’t have a reason why he didn’t want to marry Ms Banturaki. We later released him on police bond as investigations continue,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.


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