The Ugandan government yesterday said that it will help reconstruct the 126-year old Kasubi Tombs that were gutted down by fire on Tuesday night.
Gabriel Opio the minister of gender, labor and social development said, “a sub-committee has been set up to work with the Buganda Kingdom to help in the reconstruction of the tombs that were reduced to ashes and this operative sub-committee will work with Mengo to assist reconstruct the historical site.” He added that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be co-opted since the tombs were a World Heritage Site.
“For us we go in basically because of financial assistance. UNESCO will work with Mengo to see if they can redesign or put in place the same structure,” he said.
Opio said the government will discuss with cultural institutions about providing security to cultural sites to prevent a repeat of such an incident.
He appealed to the public to remain calm and allow the government to carry out thorough investigations on the fire incident.
Mengo is the administrative center of Buganda Kingdom, the most powerful kingdom in the region with a history of some 500 years, which is now a cultural institution in the country.
The tombs, which were declared World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s in 2001, were a tourist attraction as well as an important spiritual and political site for the Baganda, one of Uganda’s largest ethnic groups.
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