Fire guts down world heritage site in Uganda | uganda tourism

Uganda’s Heritage historical site KASUBI TOMBS
has been set a braze!

Fire broke out on Tuesday night at a 126-year-old royal burial ground, Kasubi Tombs, enlisted for the World Heritage Cultural Site, leaving the main structure almost burned down.

Judith Nabakooba, the police spokesperson said that the fire which gutted down the tombs where four Kabakas or Kings of the once most powerful Kingdom in the East African region, Buganda Kingdom, were buried, started at 8:40 P.M. (1740 GMT).

She added the cause of the fire is still unknown as the crowd there is rowdy and did not allow the police to access the place.

“You can not establish the cause of the fire now because the people there are throwing stones at our officers. One of our policemen has been admitted at Mulago Hospital,” she said.

“Immediately they saw our fire attendants, they started pelting stones at them,” she added.

Located on a hill in Uganda’s capital Kampala, Kasubi Tombs, a former palace of the Kings of Buganda, was built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884.

The tombs lay within the main building, a 10 meter tall, 15 meter in diameter thatched hut made of wood, reed, wattle and daub.

The tombs were a tourist attraction as well as an important spiritual and political site for the Baganda, one of Uganda’s largest ethnic groups.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2001.
Compiled by
Jackie N
Uganda Tourism News

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