Government should set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the flames at Kasubi Tombs


Kasubu tomba torched on 16/03/10 around 21:00

Uganda has  about 357 sites and monuments that  have been identified and documented as part of Uganda’s cultural heritage. The areas included in the world heritage list are the Kasubi tombs, Bwindi national park and Rwenzori Mountain and national park. However, Uganda has several other cultural heritage sites found in all regions of the country some of which have been documented.  Supposedly the sites are in the custody of the Royal Family and it is tasked with protecting them and also supported by UNESCO, how adequate are the resources, we are yet to know.

The Kasubi tombs hill is divided into three main areas: the main tomb area located at the western end of the site, an area containing buildings and graveyards located behind the tombs, and a large area on the eastern side of the site used primarily for agricultural purposes

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. 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.

Submitted by William Kituuka

Before we throw bricks at anyone or jump to conclusions, I think it is better to gather the facts as they come in and if arsonist(s) had hand in this monumental loss, then it must be the priority of the government to find them and  bring them  to book.   It may well have been purely an accident but too soon to tell and an independent commission of inquiry into the incident will not be far fetched.

Edriss Kironde

UAH forumist/NRM



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26 responses »

  1. This barbaric action of setting fire on Kasubi tombs is beyong comprehension. This is a Sacred place of not only Buganda but the entire Uganda. UNESCO among other institutions respects it as a palce of cultural and historical significance for the world community of civilized nations.

    We Baganda are left with no other option but to respond to this declaration of war on us. We are going to fight it and we shall win those enemies of Buganda and enemies of civilization.

    Remigius Kintu
    Omuzira Ngo Kintu
    Chairman, UDFU


    Psalm 37
    1 Do not fret because of evil people
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
    2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

    4 Delight yourself in the LORD
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    5 Commit your way to the LORD;
    trust in him and he will do this:

    6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
    the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

    7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
    do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

    8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.

    9 For evil men will be cut off,
    but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

    10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.

    11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy great peace.

    Ekitiibwa kya Buganda kyaava dda, naffe tukikuumenga!!!

    A culture cannot be just put out by fire. It is in people’s hearts. It is in our hearts. It is in our blood.

    Buli Muganda waali guma, togwaamu mwoyo. Nammwe abatwagala.

    Rev. Jessica Nakawombe

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

  3. GUTUSINZE NNYO AYII SSABASAJJA !! We can only talk about rebuilding Kasubi tombs!!
    nambooze bakireke

  4. First it was the Kabaka not being allowed to tour Nakasongola, then Kayunga, then closure of CBC. Surely it is going to be hard for any sane person to take this as a coincidence.

    My sincere sympathy to the Kingdom and the people of Buganda. Let us all peace loving Ugandans join hands in condemning this barbaric act. For today, it is Buganda, tomorrow it could be in Busia. May the evil forces behind this fail more than they thought they would make the Kingdom and the people of Buganda fail.

    Paul Njoki

  5. Who is this evil person/s really? Of all the historical and respected places in the country, it should not have been the Kasubi tombs.
    Threats from NRA seem to have started and wait, soon, they will again pile the blame on UPC as they did in the Luwero massacres! Kitaalo nnyo banange.

  6. NRM is the one who has done this. They are destroying something that
    brings tourism money to Mengo. Cbs was just a beginning!

  7. Bogere,

    this fire must be investigated carefully. The kingdom is out of money and I would not be surprised to learn later that it is the kingdom’s authorities which burnt down the place in order to collect a huge insurance on an overvalued historic site. There is no country in the world with the most strange things happening than Uganda.

    Eng. Isa

  8. It would have been fair not to sign off as an engineer, engineers don’t have such reasoning capacity, how dare you even think of all things Buganda would burn up their masilo to get money. You mean you can insure a tomb, what type of engineering did you do, engineers normally think in a logical way and I can see logic in your submission.

    From when Buddo was burnt, protection of these masilo has been of top priority as there was a leak they could be burnt, it is quite unfortunate that they have succeeded but these will be rebuilt.

  9. Isaac my brother, and omera, omina, Matek,

    Thanks for your comment. Again, we should not let emotions and politics cloud our thinking. A French friend of mine and his girlfriend are visiting Uganda for a week from tomorrow and he asked me what historical place to visit in Kampala before going to the the national parks and I told him to visit ‘Kasubi Tombs’!

    The fact is, we have lost one important global attraction that define us as a country. How do we rebuild? If I have to listen to conspiracy theories as others say, what can we believe?

    For instance one theory doing the rounds this moment is that the ‘spirits of the dead kabakas are angry and caused the fire, because they are unhappy that some elements in Mmengo are are fighting the same people who re-instituted the revered institution of kabakaship and going to bed with with those who never support Buganda in the deep of their heart”.

    It is just an insinuation I get from listening to and reading from people.

    Billie KADAMERI

    Remigius Kintu

  11. Guys,
    kasubi tombs are no more.THE MAN HAS SUCCEDED AGAIN! WE HAVe THE ARSONISTS ON THE LOOSE.they started with schools,now the tombs!!! They may feel good but will pay one day. cowardly acts


  12. Remigus,

    It is NRM’s way of saying the “‘Days of the Kingdoms are Numbered”. They will all be torched out because one is giving pressure on Kaguta to be reinstated, another is pissing the government over land claims and the other (soon to be joined by one across Karuma) is laying claims for more oil percentage to develop its kingdom.

    The government is left with no choice than to eliminate them.

    Eng. Isa

  13. Ugandans

    It is time for Shell Uganda Limited to make an offer. Just watch. I would not be surprised if this plan has been concocted from Mengo its self. We will wait for the information and trust me it will show up, for you wonder who has an interest into burning it than Kabaka that has tried already to sell it off to Shell.

    Money is a very interesting factor into this fire.


  14. Mr Kintu,

    I think you should be sober up here and not jump to conclusions. What does anybody gain by burning down such an invaluable cultural heritage?

    It could have been an accident, involving an inadvertent fire. Let’s wait for the real story before whippin up emotions unnecessarily.

    I myself have been getting endless calls from media people here in France as Kasubi Tombs is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. I have been telling them I will comment when I have the real facts later.

    Conspiracy theories are not good at the moment. We have lost a national treasure and please let us grieve without you throwing politics into it.



  16. Bille

    Have you ever found the underlying cause of the fire of Buddo junior and can you tell us who the culprits were?

    And do you really believe in your normal senses they could be an accident that causes a fire in those masilo?

    Do you also know the fire brigade came empty but rain fall only in that area, and does that tell you anything?

    The whole of Buganda know who has done this, you know the one you help to heal his leg is the one who uses it to kick you, it would not have been during this regime that all these things happen to Buganda, it is really a sad day but what I know the dead are not disturbed.

  17. My friend

    I do not have privy to that information you are talking about.

    There is a difference between culture and politics. Sometimes we let our politics make us blind to see even the obvious.

    I know Mr Mulindwa you clearly know what has happened here and there is not point arguing about it. I do not think you are happy about this even if you may not be in favour of the monarch, but this has got nothing to do with the monarch.

    These are burial sites of this family, which happens to be the royal family. It is the same to my own family’s in Jinja and yours too if you have one. It is insane to even contemplate that a person would burn his own fathers’ grave for money.

    Mr Mulindwa it is not something you can even try to allow your brain to think about, common sense dedicates even if the Kabaka was that broke, he has land to sell.

    The threat of these masilo being burnt has been known ever since the burning of the little girls in Buddo. The majority of baganda know it and I know the kabaka too knew this.

    Mr Mulindwa really are you trying to say Mutebi is not a human being?, so he never loved his father?, even on this day when we have to look at him as a human being and console him of his loss, this is the best to come from a person like you who will be remembering your own soon? No Mr Mulindwa this is not the time to show how much we hate the institution, we should remember there is a human being in Mutebi here, who didn’t chose to be born as a royal and to go on and take the responsibility of being kabaka.

    It is not fair at all in my view that someone goes and disturbs the resting place of his father. Have you thought about it ,if someone went and even wrote on the grave of any of your relatives

  18. Isaac Balamu

    The fact of the matter remains that neither you nor any one knows what has happened. All these explanations are based on past known abilities of Mengo. And to me unless you stand up and state that Kabaka did not try to sell the very same Masiro to Shell Uganda Limited, you simply have no argument here. But it is night in Uganda let us hold on we will know the facts. This morning we saw reliable sources reporting alive people as dead, one wonders if Masiro have been gutted.

    I stopped to trust any report from Uganda, Reliable source or unreliable source.


  19. Bille

    That can never be true because if the spirits are not happy, they cannot burn their home, what they do they push those who have done wrong, secondly if that is true, they would have given visions to the keeper.

    There is some other point you might not have heard, and the significance of it if we are to go by those theories of spirits, I hear the fire brigade turned up empty but rain started raining only in Kasubi, now if you know anything about spirits you would know what that means.

    I know it is too early to say but I know for a fact these tombs have been targeted before, ask any of your sources in Uganda, and to me I’m not surprised but saddened.

    You see Billie up today the cause of Buddo fire has never been made public do you why?, and by the way do you also remember there were bodies of men fought in the dormitory, remember this was a girls one,
    isaac balamu

  20. Mr Mulindwa. You must be one of those disillusioned green dream chasers that KNEW that they had what it takes to succeed in life but never quite did; bad choices were made for a partner, kids, if any are disappointing. A multitude of oppurtunistic relatives back home, no business sense, you arent white… No matter what you do. Lets face it. Life sucks. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Sir. Refrain from spreading your dark clouds across the continents to all the dimwits that actually feel something… Life is bad enough. Go climb a rock, row a boat or sip a latte – whatever it is. Keep your sad blue funk for your poor family and the 25 year old that is your boss – whatever. Ffe tuleke. Kabaka waffe nobuganda bwonna ojjila obuvaako bwonna ku nsonga enno. Wandiika ku Environment in the meantime

  21. you do not know what you are talking about.You should be investiagted because no one in Buganda can do such a thing as to burn the tombs because there is no money in Buganda coffers.

  22. you have right I think otherwise, but you should not deceive people.That is your opinion.We have lost the tombs and the precious items so you sort of prevoke us by the way you are thinking.

  23. i call upon all Baganda to keep calm and pray to God that we are able to co-exist with others.Mukama ajja tuyamba

  24. Mr. Kituuka,
    Whoever is advocating for Cardinal Wamala to beremoved from Kasubi Tombs Renovation Plans has no sense of culture and is ognorant. Cardinal Wamala as a Muganda has every right and credibility ot be part of it and even so for he is in a powerful position of authority in the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and international. Do you mean to say that non Baganda even UN has more right to oversee Kasubi? this is where Ugandans especially some Baganda who have embraced English or the so called learned have got it wrong! When you start speaking English or any European language does not rip you of your identitiy or culture. For the educated and cultured, we continue to be grounded. Jesus Christ, the foundation of the Christian church was for culture. That is why He was born into and grew in that culture. Most of His parables, teachings and miracles are based on the Jewish culture! he was born into the house of David, the house of Jesse. (Luke 1:1-24)
    Even when he died, his body was treated in the Jewish culture. We as Chrisitans should embrace what is good for us in our cultures and is not in conflict wit hthe word of God. Otherwise people are doomed to distinction without a culture or identitiy. God bless.

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