YAMAMOTO Tomoko , the estranged wife of former president Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, has said their 11- month marriage broke up because it was â€œover crowdedâ€ by the latterâ€™s elderly daughters,
In the first response since the marriage broke up last month, Yamamoto (right) blames Binaisa for allowing his daughters, Birungi and Nakalema, to influence him and tarnish her image.
She accepted the US$30,000, which Binaisa offered â€œas full and final settlement to facilitate her transport and resettlement costs from Kampala to Ohio in the US.â€
Binaisa â€œdivorcedâ€ Yamamoto on July 22 through a Statutory Declaration, saying he could no longer stay in the relationship because she was coercing him to convert to Reverend Moonâ€™s Unification Church from the Anglican church.
Yamamoto did not comment on the religious differences cited by Binaisa.
With the declaration, Binaisa abandoned Yamamoto in their marital home in Muyenga, to his other house in Makindye, another Kampala suburb.
Yamamoto has since left the mansion and is living in an undisclosed place in Kampala.
Her response was made by her lawyers, Kampala Attorneys and Solicitors, in a letter to Binaisaâ€™s lawyer Erias Lukwago.
â€œThe immediate cause of the differences between our respective clients was that their relationship was over-crowded,â€ the lawyerâ€™s letter said.
Nakalema has repeatedly denied interfering in the marriage. â€œWe told him that if he was happy, we were happy,â€ she said.
Yamamoto denied reports that she was pestering Binaisa to donate 150 acres of his land to the Unification Church.
She said the church has â€œmore than enough valuableâ€ land in Mbale, Kayunga and Nakasero Hill in Kampala.
The lawyers said Binaisaâ€™s statutory declaration â€œcan only be settled by the Courts of Law and not by high-sounding poems or Statutory Declarations.â€
They said they had advised Yamamoto to ignore the declaration.
In the declaration, Binaisa said the marriage was never solemnised because it was conducted by a Town Clerk instead of the Registrar General, who has authority over civil marriages.
Binaisa, 85, married Yamamoto, 65, via a satellite link on July 26, 2004.
Binaisa marriage â€˜crowdedâ€™