Kasubi Tombs, Kampala

Regrettably this UNESCO World Heritage Site in suburban Kampala burned down earlier on 17 March. Arson is suspected, and some link the incident to tensions between the Baganda people (five of whose kings are buried at the site) and the government in the build-up to the 2011 elections. It has been reported that 20 people were killed  in subsequent protests associated with President Museveni’s visit to the site of the fire. For more details, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8572588.stm.

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2 thoughts on “Kasubi Tombs, Kampala

  1. Charlotte says:

    Last week’s news said someone had handed himself in. He doesn’t seem the full ticket.
    ‘Only’ 3 protesters were killed: Museveni was warned against visiting the site; private hire security guards were blamed for being trigger-happy too. All in all a very emotional and explosive situation.
    One person died and over 100 injured at ceremony to mark offical end of week long mourning period but with 50 – 100k Bagandans, many emotional, converging on a very small area of town it’s hardly surprising so many people got trampled.I actually think the situation could have been far worse.

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