Crime & Investigation

PHOTOS: Fire At Kasubi Tombs


help geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Officials from Kawala Police Station quickly intervened before putting out the fire flames before consuming other sections of the tombs.

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geneva;”>Charles Ndushabandi who was at the scene described the damage caused by the fire as “minimal.”

However, some cultural items were burnt.

A section of the tombs that was burnt by an unattended charcoal stove

Police have also issued a statement in relation to the fire:

Today at around 12:45pm, fire broke out in “Nyumba ya balongo” at Mengo, but it was put out by police without causing much damage to the house.

The cause of fire was due to a charcoal stove that was left by one of the ladies that keep the place, which was near the back cloth.

The back cloth caught fire, but it damaged only a few properties inside the house, the house was not destroyed and it is still intact.

The fire was put off by kawaala police using portable fire extinguishers.

No death, no injuries registered.

We call upon the general public not to leave unattended charcoal stoves, in the house while burning.

Scores arrived in minutes to take a glimpse of the fire scene

2:00pm: Eyewitnesses say the fire caught a section of the tombs which are under reconstruction after the March 17, 2010 fire.

The tombs are the resting grounds for departed Buganda Kingdom kings; Mutesa I, Muwanga, Daudi Chwa and Mutesa II.

The Thursday incident has sent shockwaves across the central region.

Police publicist Judith Nabakooba is not readily available for comment.

Situated on Kasubi hill, within Kampala, Uganda, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom.

Buganda Premier, Peter Mayiga (C) at Kasubi Tombs on Thursday

To the Baganda the Kabaka is the unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.

As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas, therefore, the Kasubi Tombs is a place where the Kabaka and others in Buganda’s complex cultural hierarchy frequently carry out important centuries-old Ganda rituals.

The entrance to the site is a beautifully built gatehouse called Bujjabukula. According to Ganda tradition, the guards who control access to the site hide behind a see-through woven reed screen, to keep watch round the clock in order to control access.

These pupils had come for the tour of the tombs when fire broke out

This gatehouse was constructed using wooden columns supporting a thatched roof, with walls made of woven reeds.

The Bujjabukula leads to a small courtyard which contains a circular house in which the royal drums are kept, the Ndoga-Obukaba.

Police keep a close eye on the crowds


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