Imagine a three-year-old boy ‘falling in love’ and ‘d_ating’ someone’s three-month-old baby girl. And imagine such a boy tying the knot with the ‘love of his life’ on his ninth birthday in an elaborate ‘wedding’ presided over by adults, including parents. Now stop imagining because such a couple, from Uganda’s Baganda and Basoga tribes, is on its ‘honeymoon’ in Buyende District, eastern Uganda.
In one of the most bizarre cultural events in modern history, the two children ‘got married’ on Monday at Nakapyata Village, Buyende Town Council in Buyende.
The elaborate traditional wedding, complete with snakes “to protect the young couple”, was presided over by village elders.
The boy, a pupil at Buyende Light Primary School and the girl— who were both reportedly born with ‘two teeth’— were given ‘matrimonial hut’ to live in as a couple.
Under the laws of Uganda, it is illegal for persons under the age of 18 to get married or engage in s_x.