Kasubi Tombs on Fire Again

Police’s Fire Brigade on Friday afternoon rushed to and put out a fire that gutted Buganda Kingdom’s Kasubi royal tombs.

The cause of the blaze was still being investigated, although according to reports that “enyumba yabalongo” part of the site was severely damaged.

The burnt structure is what houses the king’s servants that take care of the tombs also known as “Muzibu azaala mpanga”

The Kasubi tombs which are the burial grounds for four kings of Buganda and other members of the Baganda royal family are still under reconstruction, 10 years after they were razed  and completely destroyed by  a fire in March 2010.

The toms are a UNESCO World Heritage site and have been described as “one of the most remarkable buildings using purely vegetal materials in the entire region of sub-Saharan Africa.

The structures at the site are built using mainly reeds and wooden poles and thatched with dry grass, which are highly flammable.


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