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Uganda: Toro Kingdom Speaks Up On Komuntale Marriage

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Princess Ruth Komuntale of Tooro kingdom and her American husband Christopher Thomas.

The Princess of Toro, Ruth Nsemere Komuntale, and her husband Christopher Thomas have over the last few weeks been talked about in the media, but the kingdom had not spoken out on what started as a rumour.

The Kingdom has now issued a statement concerning the desolution of the Princess Komuntale's marriage to Christopher Thomas. Here is the full statement.

My fellow Ugandans, people of Tooro, dear friends and supporters around the world;

I greet you in God's name. It is with sadness and sorrow that I regret to announce the parting of ways with my estranged husband Christopher Thomas.

It's regrettable to see that our marriage with Thomas, an African American from St Louis, Missouri, has ended like a shooting star across a clear night sky. Thomas struck me as my Prince Charming the moment I met him. He was irresistible and, when he asked for my hand in marriage, I could not say no.

I loved Thomas as my husband and respected him and our marriage vows until the end and it saddens to announce that our marriage has ended. When we wedded last year, it was our - and every body's wish - that our marriage would last and stand the test of time, but inevitably this has not been the case!

It pains me to look back the indescribable euphoria of our wedding day. Life is a mystery; it doesn't always work out the way you want but it's all good. However, everything happens for a reason and we must learn from our mistakes.

Despite this being the end of our marriage, I love and respect Chris. We will always remain the best of friends, and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity and respect we have always enjoyed.

Much as I am a Tooro princess, I have my own human failings, and I reject sainthood, unless a "saint is a sinner who keeps on trying." Many times, I have tried to make the marriage work through tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation. However, I have learnt with sadness that while turning the other cheek is saintly, it emboldened Thomas' impunity against his wife.

I do not intend to go into the details of the causes of our separation, for that would require an elaborate paper. Suffice to say it is not worth the effort to spend one's life in a futile marriage devoid of love, trust and faithfulness.

I would like to thank the media for the support you have shown Thomas and I. In the recent past, the media has been awash with salacious tales of our tumultuous relationship. While Thomas has been keen to wash our dirty linen in public, I have remained dignifiedly silent on such supposed private matters.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have stood by me at this trying period. I am eternally grateful for your support and encouragement. I cannot thank you enough.

I will dedicate my life to fulfil my dreams, including championing the cause of women and children, and other social responsibility in education and health. May God bless you, Tooro, and our country Uganda.

HRH Ruth Nsemere Komuntale

October 28, 2013

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