Fire burns Buganda coronation site Naggalabi

Another historical site in Buganda Kingdom,  has been burnt  by a mystery fire  two and a half years after Kasubi Royal Tombs were burnt.

Bwanika House on Naggalabi hill, Wakiso district, was burnt early on Wednesday morning.

Naggalabi is the official coronation site for Buganda Kings, while Bwanika is where the Crown Prince performs the final rituals before ascending to the throne. It is here that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi was crowned in July 1993.

According to the Ganda tradition, succession ceremonies for the Kabaka take place at Naggalabi Hill because it is there that Kintu, the first Kabaka of Buganda, killed his brother Bemba and declared himself King in the 13th Century.

Charles Peter Mayiga, the Buganda Kingdom spokesperson, confirmed the fire, but declined to give details saying he was about to attend what he termed as an important meeting in relation to the fire.

Apollo Makubuya, the Buganda attorney general, told URN that a team of youths have been sent to the venue to help collect details about the fire. He adds that the kingdom shall come up with a statement in due course.

The fire comes at a time the kingdom is making final preparations to start the reconstruction of Kasubi Royal Tombs, which burnt down in March 2010. Four Buganda kings, Mukaabya Muteesa I, Basamula Ekkere Mwanga, Daudi Chwa and Edward Muteesa II were buried at Kasubi.

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