Ssembatya, whose middle name is Mulundannume, is one of the wealthiest businessmen in town. He operates multiple businesses in town, including Kikuubo, arguably Kampala's biggest wholesale shopping hub.
Photos: Meet the couple Hamis Kiggundu gave Shs100m during wedding launch
On April 2, Paul Ssembatya and Milly Nakibala invited some of the richest men in the country to their wedding launch.
Paul Ssembatya, who is a Catholic, also owns Ssembatya Arcade on Nabugabo Road, Kampala.
In 2018, the businessman is among the people who survived the MV Templar boat accident.
Ssembatya told New Vision that he had never been on a boat cruise but on the fateful day, he was invited by Freeman Kiyimba.
John Fred Kiyimba is also another wealthy businessman with so much clout that Buganda Kingdom entrusted him to chair the Buganda Twezimbe outfit that was in charge of collecting ‘Ettoffaali’, the funds that were used for the reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs which were destroyed by fire on March 16, 2010.
In 2017, he commissioned his mansion in Lungujja, Kampala which he said cost him Shs10 billion. Buganda Prime Minister Peter Mayiga, then-KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi and three bishops were among the guests at the housewarming party.
Meanwhile, Kiyimba, who is also another survivor, was invited to the cruise by Prince David Wasajja, the youngest son of the late Kabaka Muteesa II and the youngest brother of Muwenda Mutebi II, the current Kabaka of Buganda. He also survived.
For Paul Mulundannume Ssembatya, surviving that accident gave him so much insight into life that he immediately bankrolled the completion of a church he was contributing funds to in Janya sub-parish in Mpigi district. According to New Vision, he spent over Shs4 billion. Residents in the area even named a road after him.
So, for someone with such clout, you can imagine the kind of people that turned up for his wedding launch.
Businessman Hamis Kiggundu gave him Shs100 million. "My boss, as Kiggundu, your son, I'll get for you Shs100 million," he said.
Winnie Mabirizi, the widow of Godfrey Mabirizi, the owner of Mabirizi Complex, offered Shs2 million.
Other dimes came in groups, with one contributing Shs50m, another Shs40m and another 10m.
The family of another Kikuubo businessman Richard Kakonge gave Shs12m. Another group offered to deliver meat that will run the function till the honeymoon.
The function, which was also attended by the Chairman of Kwagalana Group Godfrey Kirumira, had performances from Mesach Semakula and Eddie Yawe.
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