Fire has gutted Buganda Cultural Heritage site, the Kasubi tombs, 10 years since the previous fires which destroyed the main building housing the graves of four former Buganda kings .
Pictures that appeared on Social Media on Friday afternoon showed the tombs ablaze with Police Fire brigade trying to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Kasubi tombs are located on top of Kasubi Hill in Kampala. They are a famous religious site for the people of Buganda where they visit to perform various rituals.
The setup of the tombs is also a representation of ancient Buganda architecture.
As for the whole country, Kasubi tombs are an important tourist site, attracting a number of domestic and foreign tourists.
So far, four Buganda Kabakas have been buried in the tombs, the first one being Kabaka Muteesa the first, his son Kabaka Daudi Chwa, Kabaka Mwanga and then Uganda’s first President, Kabaka Muteesa the second.
Below is a police:
“There was a fire out break at Kasubi tombs in one of the huts, which was quickly extinguished by our officers from the Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services.
The fire broke out today at around 1300hours in one of the structures that were meters away from the main tomb. Police were informed and four fire tenders were dispatched to professionally handle the incident.
The fire crew reached and extinguished the fire.
The cause of the fire outbreak is not yet established.
Investigations have commenced on what caused the fire outbreak.
The extent of the damage is yet to be computed.
We appeal to members of the public to be calm as we investigate the incident”
SP Patrick Onyango