July 25, 2013

Fire Guts Kasubi Tombs Again

Fire has burnt one of the huts at Buganda’s royal tombs at Kasubi, more than three years after the main hut housing tombs of four kings was destroyed.

The yet to be explained fire burnt Buvumbi or the Abalongo House, one of the cultural huts still standing at the site.

The fire which started just after mid day on Thursday comes shortly after Buganda Kingdom started reconstructing the royal tombs after they were burnt on March 16, 2010. The tombs are home to four former Buganda kings; Mukaabya Mutesa I, Daniel Basamula Mwanga, Sir Daudi Chwa and Sir Edward Mutesa II.

Bakazi Kulwala, one of the female caretakers at the tombs told local media at the site that the fire started as they were meeting councillors from Rubaga Division to discuss the problem of water shortage in the area. It was during the meeting at about 12:30 that they were told that the hut was on fire.

Bakazi, who the caretaker for Kabaka Mwanga, says the fire was put out and most of the things in the house were saved.

Buganda Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga briefly visited the tombs and asked the youths who had started gathering to be calm and wait for investigations. People who had gathered were asked to leave. There is heavy deployment of anti-riot police in the area.

Mayiga said the fire did not cause much damage adding that it could have started from a charcoal stove that was left burning inside the hut.

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