Views from Fiona: Binaisa Still setting records!
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Views from Fiona: Binaisa Still setting records!


Ex President Binaisa falls into the traps of online dating.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 24, 2005


The one month shy of a year marriage of Uganda’s ex president Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa to Japanese heartthrob Tomoko Yamamoto came to a dramatic end with the former ‘divorcing’ the latter on what he termed as irreconcilable differences. Trouble had been brewing for sometime in this 11 month marriage [which should enter Guinness world book of records for the shortest marriage of an ex president]. Yamamoto had been accusing Binaisa’s adult daughters, especially Nakalema, of acting as a guard dog for her father, refusing her to cook for him any Japanese dishes and generally policing the household.


It looks like peace lasted only for a short while when Binaisa had asked his children to vacate from their Muyenga love pad but alas that was only the beginning. Impeccable sources say the children feared that Yamamoto would usurp their father’s property and that she had asked him to donate his 150 acres land on Mutundwe hill to the Moonies to construct a church there.

The Binaisas met through the Moon’s Unification Church and were married by satellite. "I decided to get married to Yamamoto, while I was in Seoul, when I was introduced to her through a satellite link," Binaisa had told us. The wedding here in Uganda was attended by President Museveni and was lavish. It had been a hassle to get a marriage license since Munyonyo, where the marriage was to take place, was not gazetted then.

A few weeks ago mzee Binaisa was quoted saying that he could no longer stay married to Yamamoto who was coercing him, cajoling him to change his religion in favor of the moonist. These irreconcilable differences forced him to part ways with his former wife. However, Yamamoto says their marriage was over shadowed and crowded by Binaisas children and denied ever trying to coerce Binaisa into changing his religion.

Ms Yamamoto at present stays with a friend at Makerere hill but feared for her security which has been reinforced. Gen. Ali Moses, first deputy premier, is trying with other friends of the Binaisa to forge a reconciliation between the former loverbirds. Ms Tomoko has moved to undisclosed location waiting for her transport and compensation from her former husband .

Mzee Binaisa instructed his lawyer Mr. Elias Lukwago to draw papers for compensation and $30,000 will be paid to her. Sources say he contacted AGAS world wide movers to ship her property back to Ohio, US where her daughter lives.

Binaisa is a man of making records; for being a sitting president for the shortest period, getting married under strange circumstances and for the quickest divorce. An even quicker reconciliation? Who knows!

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 24, 2005
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