If former prime minister Apollo Nsibambi had been asked to contribute to former chief justice Samuel Wako Wambuzi’s book, he would have done a good job.
He surely knows a lot about the man who served as chief justice thrice and was the first African to be appointed president of the Court of Appeal for East Africa.
Speaking as guest of honour at the launch of the book titled The odyssey of a judicial career in precarious times: My trials and triumphs as three-time chief justice of Uganda at the Kampala Serena hotel last Friday, Nsibambi sent guests laughing when he narrated the story of how Wambuzi met his wife.
“When Wambuzi saw Gladys who was working in the library, he was greatly attracted to her. However, he lacked courage to approach her. He instead asked a friend to find out whether she had a boyfriend,” Nsibambi said, sending guests into a prolonged laughter.
“When he discovered that she did not, he was delighted and he asked the friend to tell her that he loved her very much. She accepted him.”
Nsibambi, who was Wambuzi’s best man, added that this successful marriage between Wambuzi, a Musoga, and Gladys, a Muganda, enhanced trans-ethnic integration. Gladys Wambuzi died in 2005, forcing Wambuzi to remarry in 2008 at the age of 78.
In a massage implying as if Wambuzi is yet to accept Jesus as his personal saviour, Nsibambi further said: “… before Gladys died of cancer, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal saviour. This is a great challenge to Wambuzi and many of us… ” as Wambuzi laughed endlessly.
On his part, Wambuzi said he was inspired to write the book by his late wife.
“She suggested that I should write something on witchcraft and the law,” Wambuzi said.
“She had been fascinated by stories I told her concerning witchcraft from the cases I handled.”
The event was graced by big shots from the judiciary, including former chief justice, Benjamin Odoki, and Justice Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza of the court of appeal, among others.
It was also attended by several politicians and businesspeople, among which was Gordon Wavamunno.
There was entertainment from gospel singer Judith Babirye – as guests who had bought the Shs 50,000 book took time off to pose for photos with the author and have him autograph their books. The event kicked off at 3pm and went on until 8:45pm.
Source : The Observer