By Jane Nambi
Oyo is not celebrating his 20th birthday with his subjects in the country because he is away studying. He currently studies at Manchester University in the UK. The kingdom’s information minister, Arthur Namara says a private party is being prepared and the queen mother, Best Kemigisa, flew out recently to prepare the party.
He added that it will be a closed party as King Oyo’s sister, Ruth Komuntale, will be among the people in attendance.
Namara said the king’s subjects in Toro will only congratulate him in October when he comes back to celebrate Empango (moon) ceremony. “We cannot combine the two functions of Empango and his birthday, but we shall congratulate him upon making 20 years,” Namara added.
Oyo ascended to the throne when he was only three years old after the death of his father, Patrick Olimi Kaboyo. Oyo was born on 16 April 1992 to King Patrick David Mathew Kaboyo Olimi III and Queen Best Kemigisa Kaboyo and he is the 12th ruler of the 180-year old Kingdom of Toro.
Preparations for the wedding of Ruth Komuntale, 23, have kicked off. She is presently in the US and will graduate next month from the American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her fiancé, fiancé is Thomas Christopher. The wedding is set for July 14 at St. John’s Cathedral in Fort Portal. Christopher is a student at the same university.
President Yoweri Museveni is one of the high-ranking guests expected to attend, alongside friends of the kingdom and cultural leaders. Linda Makulima, a member of the organising committee, said the wedding will be preceded by a traditional introduction ceremony on July 12, at the home of Charles Kamurasi, the princess’ paternal uncle and head of the ruling Babiito clan.
According to the Toro culture, King Oyo Nyimba will not attend the traditional introduction ceremony of his elder sister.