Buganda’s Coronation Site Naggalabi Destroyed By Fire

sickness geneva; font-size: small;”>The cause of the fire remains a mystery.

information pills geneva;”>Information obtained indicates the fire razed to the ground Bwanika house, where the coronation ceremonies of Buganda kings takes place, at around 1:30pm.

Police spokesperson Simon Kuteesa has confirmed the incident.

Kuteesa told news desk today morning that the area secretary of defence reported the fire to police at 2:00am.

“Our fire brigade responded swiftly but this time we found when the cultural site had been consumed by fire,” said Kuteesa.

He said a team of detectives are at the scene investigating the cause of the fire that has sent shockwaves in Buganda region.

Nagalabi coronation site is located at Nagalabi, Busiro County of Buganda, along the Kampala-Masaka Road.

Naggalabi Buddo, is where the Kabakas of Buganda have been crowned for the past 700 years.

It’s just 11 Kilometers along the Kampala-Masaka Road through Kyengera trading center

This investigative website also telephoned Wakiso District Police Commander Vincent Irama over the fire.

He said one person identified as Kizito Kasigwa had been arrested after being found in the vicinity of the burnt coronation site late in the night.

“This man comes from as far as Mutundwe. We have detained him to help us in the investigations because we found him around the scene. He is not a resident of this area so we want to know why he was here at the time Nagalabi caught fire,” said Irama.

Asked what caused the fire, Irama responded: “I don’t know. But we are here at the scene trying to gather evidence as part of the investigation into this fire.”

In March 2010, Kasubi tombs, a cultural heritage site, was destroyed by fire.

Government is yet to release a report on what sparked the fire.

President Yoweri Museveni recently contributed Ssh2bn towards the reconstruction of the site.

Buganda accession ceremonies take place on Buddo Hill because it was there that Kintu, the first Kabaka of Buganda, killed his brother Bemba and declared himself King in the 13th Century.

It is the most important single site in Ganda culture, and lies at the heart of the Buganda Kingdom. The coronation of Ssabasajja Kabaka Ronald Kimera Mutebi II, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, took place at Naggalabi on 31st July 1993.

The site was very pleasant with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

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