The Observer (Kampala)

26 February 2013

Uganda: Fashion - Dear Princess Ruth Komuntale

Photo: Matthias Mugisha/ New Vision
Princess Ruth Komuntale of Tooro kingdom and her American husband Christopher Thomas.

I gather that you are fine; you looked radiant the other day in Rwakitura.

You, however, left many of us mourners at Mzee Amos Kaguta's funeral service with jaws on the floor when you waltzed in wearing blue faded jeans, a sleeveless orange blouse and gladiator wedges. There is no doubt you were trendy and smart; that is if you were going to hang out on a lazy Saturday with your girls at the mall.

Princess, I hate to break it to you, but you are not only a traditional figure, but are now married. At most, when you are going for a function of that magnitude where everyone knows you, including the young people who look up to you, please dress the part.

We would expect you to wear your traditional wear - the suuka or the omunagiro. If that is too much for your fashion forward sense of style, a long, free-fitting dress would suffice or a long skirt and decent blouse.

You would still stand tall and look beautiful like you saw the Kaguta granddaughters Diana, Patience, Natasha and Esteri. Their decent dresses didn't take anything away from their beauty, but only added them a more respectable look.

You left the cultural leaders, religious leaders and other mourners wondering how your mum allowed you to follow her out of the house. Civilisation shouldn't make you forget that you, beautiful princess, are still part of the royal family and by that, some things are expected of you - like honouring and in fact promoting your traditional values.

You wonder who I am to tell you what to do? Well, I also surprise myself; what growing up does to certain people!

But I guess there comes a time when we should learn how to appear in public, especially at gatherings. I hope all the other young ladies reading this realise that I am talking to them too.

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