- A group photo after the successful wedding ceremony, Poland, 17th August 2013 (ST)
August 20, 2013 (JUBA) – The family and friends of South Sudan’s former Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, said they had a wonderful time celebrating the wedding of their son, Teny Riek Machar Teny, who got married on Saturday, 17 August 2013, in Poland.
Machar, his wife, Angelina Teny, and a number of relatives and friends on Friday left Juba for the Polish capital, Warsaw, to participate in the wedding, as they were also joined by another big group of South Sudanese from England.
Teny Riek Machar Teny, eldest son of the former vice-president got married to a Polish young lady, Edyta, at a Roman Catholic Church in the town of Bronislawow where subsequent reception celebrations took place at Hotel Magellan.
Both parents of the couple blessed the colourful wedding, saying it was also a uniting factor between the peoples of Poland and South Sudan.
Participants said the night long party danced to the tunes of various musics by Polish and South Sudanese artists including Gordon Koang and Emmanuel Kembe, among others.
The former Vice President’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that Machar had returned on Monday after the three days absence from the South Sudanese capital.
Machar in his earlier announcement in June this year on the wedding arrangement told the church congregations in Juba that he and his family respected the choice of their son, adding that love always transcends racial and tribal differences and crosses international borders.
Dak added that Machar also used the occasion at the churches to encourage the various communities in South Sudan to intermarry and overcome any racial or tribal differences.
Another planned celebration for the wedding is expected to take place in September in Juba.