Princess Komuntale Makes First Public Appearance in Fort Portal Top story

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Bishop Kisembo greets Princess Komuntale Emmanuel Kajubu

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Komuntale stepped forward and in a speech that lasted only 11 seconds, wished the congregation Merry Christmas and thanked the people of Tooro for standing by her when her marriage ended.

Ruth Komuntale, the Princess of Tooro Kingdom had made her first public appearance in Fort Portal since she ended her marriage to Christopher Thomas. Komuntale showed up for Christmas mass at St. John's Cathedral together with Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the King of Tooro Kingdom, Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and the Tooro Kingdom Premier Dr. Steven Kaliba.
 
It is at the same cathedral where Komuntale tied the knot with Thomas last year at a ceremony presided over by the retired Archbishop Church of Uganda, His Grace Luke Orombi. When Dr. Kaliba introduced Komuntale, the congregation erupted in thunderous applause. Kaliba then requested Komuntale to greet the congregation, since it was her first time in Fort Portal since her marriage to Thomas ended.

Komuntale stepped forward and in a speech that lasted only 11 seconds, wished the congregation Merry Christmas and thanked the people of Tooro for standing by her when her marriage ended. After the speech, they were murmurs in the congregation, an indication that they wanted to hear more from her.

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In October, Komuntale announced an end to her marriage with Thomas. Komuntale accused Thomas of being promiscuous and physically abusive. Since then she has kept a low profile after requesting the media for privacy. In his sermon, the Bishop of Rwenzori Diocese, Reuben Kisembo decried the rampant corruption which has been so rife this year. He cited the OPM scandal, the pension scam and embezzlement of funds in the local governments.
 
Kisembo asked the implicated leaders to use Christmas as a day to reflect and be changed persons in 2014. He also castigated local leaders in Kabarole district for doing nothing to combat HIV/AIDS, whose prevalence rate stands at 14%. He called for introduction of sex education in schools, saying it will create awareness on the dangers of the scourge.

He also called for an end to the ethnic clashes between the Bamba and Bakonzo, Bakonzo and Basongora, which have in the past two years rocked the Rwenzori region.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. As a result, he works as a trainer with Farm Radio International (FRI) and chairperson of the Tooro Median Practitioners Association (TOMPA).

Emmanuel Kajubu is the Kabarole URN bureau chief. Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.

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