An eye witness describes what he saw at Kasubi before the fire

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1. Salutations to the Kabaka for showing his HUMAN side and for joining his subjects in grieving this desecration, once again, of his fore-father’s Kingdom. Not only is Buganda with you but Uganda too and the World [through UNESCO that has recognised this structure like it did Babylon, the Pyramids of ancient Egypt, etc].

2. Distribution of Mausoleums in ancient Buganda: It is noteworthy that, in all the planning, the post-modern Buganda is not cleverer than the ancestors – otherwise, yester night’s damage would have been worse still with the remains of ALL the former Buganda Kings perishing together. ONLY 4 HAVE been affected now but it could have been worse. How??

3. Before 1882 when this mausoleum was built by Mutesa the 1st, as his final resting place [not unlike his pyramid {a “masilo” structure in Ganda architecture is an inverted conical ‘pyramid’}, BUGANDA KINGS CHOSE THEIR FUTUTURE MAUSOLEA in advance, in different locations (most find themselves in Busiro province]. That is why Kintu’s mausoleum today is his and his alone. That of Kimera is his and his alone. That of Chwa the 1st is his and his alone. In other words, all the former Kings of Buganda have a mausoleum each to himself except the last four [Mutesa I, Mwanga,  Chwa II and Mutesa II, who, together, rest at Kasubi].

4. The adoption of the practice of the kings sharing a mausoleum seems to have been taken up when foreigners and western civilisation set foot on Buganda soil. Otherwise, we would now only be crying for the desecration of 1 grave, not of 4, if this practice of former kings sharing resting places had not been adopted 128 years ago.

5. Way forward: No evil action can diminish the resolve of the people of Buganda to preserve their heritage, even with such a devastating blow as the great evil fire of the night of 16th March, 2010. Of course artifacts like the gifts Queen Victoria to the Kabaka of Buganda, Mutesa-I’s pet leopard (till yesterday, stuffed but standing}, the first mirrors and European-style carpentry chairs in the country, the personal spears and other weapons of each of the 4 Kabaka’s, etc, etc are gone. The spirit of the Baganda remains though and cannot be diminished through intimidation or otherwise. 2 lives lost but how many have been lost before? The Kings’ bodies must have survived, of course and will be re-interned after the restoration that is already underway [the gathering of materials like poles and special reeds started being gathered already today 17th March].

6. Once gain, salutations to H.H. the Kabaka of Buganda for showing the magnanimity and human side that many would shy away from exhibiting. You are great modern King. March on Buganda. You recovered from at least one such affront before. You will certainly recover from this too, with all well-meaning Ugandans by your side.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness colleague described a scene in front of his house to me, [at 9th AM [E.A.T] in Kampala], as witnessed from the veranda of his house at around 9:00 PM, the evening of the 16th of March:

‘I was sitting at the veranda of my house with my brother, about 300 metres from the junction in front of the Kasubi Mausoleum. Suddenly, a grey Prado, with no number-plate comes screeching to a halt, chased by a ‘bunch’ of boda-boda [motor-cycle-taxi] riders who are shouting, “wuuyo ayokez’ amasiro” {there is the man who has burnt the mausoleum”}.The vehicle stops and a man with a “bastola” [Luganda for ‘pistol’] comes out, pointing it at the nearest rider. The foremost rider backs into the metal gate of our courtyard, which open ajar, violently. The others fall in a heap over him. The pistol man re-enters the Prado as a taxi from the “Masiro” side too, gives chase towards Namungoona suburb..”

Different witnesses have recounted the same incident and the tabloids have picked it up.

Conclusion: No-one can convince anybody that a 130 year old structure, with no electric power wiring, with no people sleeping inside, with not kitchen within the 30-50 metres distance around, inside a fence, could catch fire by accident. The case for arson is simply too strong to be dismissed just like that.

The mother of all questions remains: Why? Why? Why? Why attack such an inanimate structure that, like a sleeping baby, cannot defend itself? Why? Why? and Why?

Christopher Muwanga,

Nakasero, Kampala.

18.3.2010.

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6 responses »

  1. Christopher;

    Please share this account with government and Kingdom investigators. Also, ask your eyewitness to make duplicate recordings of his recollection, especially when it’s still fresh in his mind. In his recording, please ask ask him or help him make vivid sketch drawings of the scenes he’s recounting, paying particular attention to distance, visibility, attire outfits and vehicles, and their colors.

    I recommend duplicate recordings to deposit with multiple investigation offices: police, Mengo, interested law firms, and even UAH. As with any arson/accident investigations, time is of essence here, Christopher, so get going.

    Pojim

  2. That makes it even more confusing. You mention a Land cruiser Prado. The other mentioned a White Double Cabin pick up. Can you stop creating stories please!!!!!!. We are busy mourning.

    By the way, there was cooking near the shrine, mainly by the attendants. I visited it and saw it long before it caught fire.
    Joshua Kato
    Newvision

  3. its a pity that the so called prado others say pickup didnt have a number plate which they intentionally removed to accomplish the mission, other wise it would be the first step to follow..
    Gusinze BAFFE..

  4. Its a pity to all baganda,yu history repeats itself everythng is done by NRM govt,what next cbs radio closed,kabaka prohibited to go see his pple,mengo ministers r imprisoned,fuckin laws ie land bill ,regional tier etc r for baganda but we nid one person to command us what to do!
    AKALO KA BUGANDA KADDA NNYO,en Buganda is an institution thy shd note it………………………….

  5. Dear people,
    Am mukisa with more vital info you can never find as it was not even written back in the days. well,1st ill tel you why and whos troubling the famous kingdom. its bunyoro kitala kingdom has ceased to the downfall of Buganda kingdom. Why and How???

    The bunyoro kitaala kingdom was buganda’s best friend all years through,but it started with bunyoro leaders having strong evil spirits that would appear invisible but would scratch and kill .they performed miracles after sending evil spirits to the king and then overpowered the king’s witch doctor.then they joined the palace after healing what they sent. after that they added on blocking the king’s wife from getting children then…

    lts a very long story but ill berief whose who are lucky to read this mesage. its so started long ago in 18s when buganda kingdom fought the bunyoro kingdom.bunyoro under kabarega had evil spirits that used to kill many bagandas but there was a son of king mwanga 11 by the names of Bintu Bizibu azaala Mpanga who saved the kingdom then.

    He was later poisoned by unknown person then his brother Daudi chwa suceeded his father.when daudi chwa was suceeded by king mutesa11 .,,the Problem started from there.

    lts so happened that mutesa’s wife couldnt give birth to a successor and she had to visit the kings witch doctor,who is a munyoro..from a great witch called nkolo. so she slept with the witch ,that the current king was Born.
    Problems in Buganda;
    The spirits of the famous Kings from king kintu til mutesa are very angry that the true Generation of buganda kingdom has perished away by a munyoro witch doctor,the father of mutebi ,our king….
    The names of that Witch doctor is Mabeyu Zenga on luwero road,lukomera. lt will be so hard for peace to rain in buganda again as No one has the powers to deny the spirits of the buganda kings their happiness wherever theyre.

    lve said it and if anyone needs proof to all this information..please send me an email and ill perform with more information. nze mukisa owe nyanja. e masaka

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