Batooro Speak Out On Royal Wedding

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The wedding of Princess Ruth Nsemere Komuntale to Christopher Thomas on Saturday attracted guests from in and outside Uganda. But to some Batooro, the colourful function was a preserve for people who live outside the Kingdom and not King Oyo's subjects.

Some of the Batooro living in Kabarole district have spoken out on the just concluded royal wedding of Princess Ruth Nsemere Komuntale to Christopher Thomas, an American national.

The wedding held on Saturday attracted guests from inside and outside Uganda. But to some Batooro, the colourful function was a preserve for people who live outside the Kingdom and not King Oyo's subjects.

Some of the people Uganda Radio Network spoke to had mixed reactions about the function.

Moses Irumba, a Boda Boda cyclist in Fort Portal, says that King Oyo invited all his subjects to the wedding but he was surprised when he went to the palace, he was denied entry because he didn’t have an invitation card.  

Irumba says that he and his friends were forced to follow proceedings from projector screens which were erected outside the palace, but the pictures weren’t clear.

Vincent Haliri, a resident of Fort Portal says that since it was King Oyo’s sister getting married, the Kingdom should have involved the local people in preparing for the occasion. He says that the Kingdom would not have spent resources to prepare for the event since King Oyo’s subjects were willing to offer free support, if they had been involved.

Haliri gives an example of Buganda Kingdom, where the King’s subjects voluntarily offer support to activities of the Kingdom.

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Haliri however says that it was good the ceremony was held in Fort Portal, because it was an opportunity for the business community to benefit. He also says that the Tooro cultural values were also exposed to the outside world.

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Damalie Ajuna, a vendor at Kabundaire market faults the Kingdom for sidelining the service providers in Fort Portal. She says that it was unfair to hire decorators and caterers and yet there are many service providers in Fort Portal.

Ajuna also says that Komuntale should spend some time in the Kingdom and perform her role as the Batebe, elder sister and advisor to the King.

But Patrick Muganzi, who was the vice chairman of the organizing committee of the wedding, says that people were invited to take part in the preparations, but didn’t turn up and shouldn’t accuse the Kingdom.  

He claims that some people had planned to take part, but they were stopped by people who are against the Kingdom.   

Muganzi also says that some people were refused entry at the wedding, because the grounds at the palace couldn’t accommodate many people.

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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, agriculture 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. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.