President Yoweri Museveni has commended the Toro Princess Ruth Komuntale and her American husband for being exemplary to the young generation by committing to each other through holy matrimony.
Museveni said, "Committing to be together into a lifelong relationship is a sign of maturity and responsibility. Thomas and Ruth have indeed demonstrated this sense of responsibility and I congratulate them both."
President Museveni's speech was read by Vice President Edward Ssekandi during the wedding reception of Toro Princess Ruth Komuntale and Christopher Thomas in Fort Portal town on Saturday.
President Museveni also commended the Toro Queen mother Best Kemigisa for contributing to the upbringing, education, guidance of Princess Komuntale into a beautiful young lady.
The reception was preceded by a wedding ceremony at St. John's Cathedral, during which the couple took their vows before the Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi assisted by the Rwenzori Anglican diocese bishop Reuben Kisembo.
The cathedral teemed with guests while other people sat under tents raised outside and followed proceedings from the projector screens which beamed the proceedings.
Present were several dignitaries who included representatives from the cultural institutions of Bunyoro, Busoga, Buganda and Teso.
Others included cultural delegations from African cultural institutions of Ghana, Congo, DR Congo, Benin and Swaziland. There were also foreign diplomats, ministers, and Members of Parliament. They included Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and former minister Kirunda Kivejinja.
Museveni in his speech said, "The remarkable contribution of the Queen mother of Toro is an example of the great role played by women in national development and world over."
The President also advised young people to choose their partners early, come out openly and get married as soon as they complete their education.
"Holy matrimony at the early stage in life protects you from many dangers including HIV/AIDS which is still a serious social economic problem in Africa. I advise the couple to build upon the virtues of tolerance, understanding, forgiveness and love," said Museveni.
He also said that Komuntale's choice of an American man has united Ugandan with American and will further strengthen the bilateral relations between Uganda and USA.
In an emotional speech the Queen Mother of Toro Best Kemigisa thanked all the people who helped her raise the children especially the President of Uganda for his unending support. She asked Ruth and Thomas to be exemplary in their marriage as they are role models to the whole country and the whole world.
She thanked her two children the Omukama Oyo and the Princess Royal, Komuntale for comforting her and for being there for her. She struggled to remain composed as she remembered her late husband Omukama Kaboyo and their friend, Gaddffi, President of Libya who educated Komuntale in Libya.
Omukama Oyo thanked his mother for bringing them up so well in spite of being a single mother. He thanked the president for diligently supporting them as their guardian.
He said Princess Ruth was attracted by blood relationship to Thomas whose ancestors hailed from Africa and he thanked Thomas for choosing to come back to his roots in Africa.
The Omukama advised the married couple to love and honour one another and to stick to their marriage vows. He argued his sister Ruth to keep the Toro culture by always loving and respecting her husband.
Quoting Shakespeare's "Take me take a king, take me take a soldier", Ambassador Katenta Apuuli who headed, the groom's side said: Chris is a soldier and a gentleman and argued him to remain disciplined so as to have a good marriage. He also advised the couple to look to Jesus. Be patient with each other and to love one another.