Fire Guts Kasubi Tombs For The Second Time,House Of  Buganda Spirits Burnt To Ash

Fire Guts Kasubi Tombs For The Second Time,House Of Buganda Spirits Burnt To Ash

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By Spy Uganda.

Kampala: This afternoon at around 1pm Kasubi tombs located in Rubaga Division Kasubi hill have caught fire again following the previous incidence of 2010.

According to the kingdom’s information minister Noah Kiyimba, one of the houses housing spirits of the Buganda royal twins caught fire.

Kiyimba further noted that, a team of workers and residents at the Kasubi Royal Tombs using the fire extinguishers within Kasubi managed to put out the fire with assistance from the Uganda Police Fire Brigade who arrived within a short period of time after the fire broke out.

“One of three deity houses housing spirits of the Buganda royal twins caught fire however, twins were protected during this period and none was destroyed during this fire outbreak.”Kiyimba said.

The burnt house is hundreds of metres away from Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga, the main mausoleum at Kasubi Royal Tombs that is being reconstructed following the March 2010 fire.

Fire Extinguisher Vehicles at Kasubi tombs to extinguish fire on 4th,May,2020.

However, by the time of filling this article the source of fire was still known and Police have embarked on investigations to establish the cause of the fire outbreak.

This is not the first time fire has burnt these royal tombs, on 17th /March/2010 they were burnt within two hours, destroying artefacts and royal regalia that had been around for 128 years.

The big round hut housed a mausoleum of four kings as well as symbols, books, musical instruments, ceremonial weapons and a big collection of handicraft work all was left into ashes.

Later, the kingdom through its Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga started a fundraising campaign dubbed Etofali in Uganda and abroad to reconstruct the tombs.

Several locals and international agencies supported the drive and Katikiiro (Prime Minister) promised within three years to have completed all the destroyed facilities.
Kasubi tombs were established by Ssekabaka Mukaabya Walugembe Muteesa I in 1856.

Among the Kings buried in Ksubi tombs include:

1. Muteesa I (1835-1884)

2. Basamula Mwanga II (1867-1903)

3. Daudi Chwa II (1896-1939)

4. Fredrick Walugembe Muteesa II (1924-1969)

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