Muslim men can have more than one wife but it he must be able to support all his wives, including their children. But one Muslim man claims that even if he could not afford to throw a separate wedding for his three wives, they agreed to marry him at the same time and that they were marrying him for love, not for his money.
Mohammed Ssemanda, 50, made headlines in Uganda and later in news sites across the world after he married three women at once. He claimed that the women liked each other and are marrying him for love.
He knows he now has to work much harder to support his bigger family but Ssemanda said it was something he would gladly do.
Clad in white gowns and bringing nearly identical bouquets, Ssemanda’s brides were the picture of happiness as they married their dream guy. Although it was later revealed that the happiest woman in the photos was actually Ssemanda’s first wife which he marries again as he takes his vows with the two other women.
Salmat Naluwugge, 48, has been married to Ssemanda for over 20 years; they have 5 children together.
When Ssemanda decided to take on two more wives, Naluwugge claimed she was alright with the idea especially because her husband did not make her feel left out as he decided she should be included in the ceremony so they can renew their vows.
“I thank our husband for marrying us all at once; it is a sign that he will not discriminate or take sides with any of us,” Naluwugge said.
The women are not jealous of each other. The two new brides were actually sisters 24-year-old Mastulah Namwanje and 27-year-old Jameo Nakayiza.
“My wives are not jealous against each other. Good enough, each has got a home and I promise to work harder and support them,” Ssemanda said.
While polygamy is still frowned upon in society, Ssemanda claims this is just a matter of many people loving each other at the same time.