By website writer
Phillip Tumwebaze Wabwire’s recent disappearance on February 16, two weeks to his wedding evoked public sympathy.
To his religious parents in Kyanja, a city suburb it was an omen for the brilliant son to go missing when they expected to celebrate love on March 3.
Unknown to them, Wabwire is likely to have kidnapped himself to flee from the exorbitant wedding budget with the necessary moneys needed nowhere in sight and the date drawing ever-so close.
He was recovered by police on Saturday having been tracked through one of his close friends and is due to walk down the aisle Mercy Twinomujuni on March 3, 2018.
Wabwire’s friends who studied with him at St Mary’s Kitende made the revelation as they started an online drive to raise funds for his wedding. It was then that they revealed the cause of his kidnap.
“The pressure to fend for the wedding was too much. We as Old Boys and Old girls can make it happen by donating towards the wedding cause,” they revealed online.
Police said that family members divulged that the wedding plans have since resumed with immediate effect.
Earlier reports indicated that Phillip wasn’t kidnapped as earlier reported but went into hiding to avoid wedding his lover Mercy.
“It is a case of forced marriage. It seems he is not ready to marry that girl yet his family is pushing him to,” said a relative who asked not to be named.
Adding that, while at his friend’s place where he sought refuge for weeks, he warned him never to reveal to his family his whereabouts.
“His friend came under pressure after stories circulated in the media. He feared police would arrest him,” a relative further said.
Phillip was dismayed upon his recovery the family announced the wedding preparations would resume with immediate effect.
On February 16, Phillip was supposed to attend a wedding meeting in town with several of his family members but went to buy airtime and never returned.