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Tombs of Buganda Kings

Tombs of Buganda Kings
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The Tombs of Buganda Kings in Kasubi are regarded as the major spiritual centre for the Buganda people, the largest Ugandan ethnic group. Four successive Kabakas (kings) of Buganda were buried in the same tomb house at Kasubi, the building which is at the core of this nomination. They are:
- Mutesa I (1835-1884)
- Mwanga II (1867-1903)
- Daudi Chwa II (1896-1939)
- Sir Edward Mutesa II (1924-1969)


Ephraim sempala (uganda):
Many thanks goes out to the newly appointed katikiro(prime minister) of Buganda Peter Mayiga who has made efforts to solicit funds from all corners to reconstruct the largest grass thatched building in the world.I can't wait to see it finished this year as promised by him.Thank you UNESCO for the support incurred.
Date posted: April 2014
A place a used to study about, every time I read about Buganda Muzibu Azaala Mpanga came across. To my minds this really indicated a treasure heritage. Today it may not look the same physically due to the destruction, but in belief of the Muganda it will ever remain there and his Heritage.

It is attributed to the architectural development of Buganda for the past, a symbol of religion (traditional beliefs) which which is continuous up to today because many still regard it in the same manner like before.

Having participated in the program of the youth world wide under UNESCO (World Heritage Volunteers 2012), it was an opportunity for me to know how important we should preserve it, how useful it is to generations to come; i can't finish them.

And am yearning for this year's program again to participate in the construction to fulfill my dream of one of the participants of conservation practices at the once a state house for my former King "Muteesa 1".

Date posted: June 2013
George W. Ssendiwala (Uganda):
I am an architect and yes I have recently visited many of Buganda's cultural sites. They are in a sorry state but we have now appointed a team to look for ways of funding their rehabilitation. Anyone out there with a need for more information could contact the Katikiro Eng. J.B. Walusimbi or Owek. Nakiwala. My firm has been tasked with rehabilitating the Nagalabi site. This is where all the Kings have been crowned in the past. I wish I could attach some photographs for you to see the shame of our times. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me as an architect to revive my ancestry sites and we shall give it all our creative minds.
Date posted: October 2008
csepuya ():
Though I grew up in the Mengo/Namirembe, I never got the chance to visit the Kasubi Tombs. Whether it was out of fear or respect, I don't know, I agree, these are historical sites and should be rebuilt and maintained. Kasubi is one place that that all Ugandans should be proud of.
sempiira kasozi (U.K):
Tribal differences in Uganda have resulted in a lot of loss to our heritage and the leaders ignore the country's heritages which in end, could have contribute to the GDP (this is not only for Baganda but it's for Ugandas').

Bugandas heritage is Ugandas heritage.

I still call on Ugandans and the government of Uganda to start considering rebuild heritage site all-over the country. We also to stop working for building new structural plans compete out side the African continent, governments taking heritage site into barracks, and reconstruct these sites.
I think we have got a lot more apart from wild life which is considered by the foreign tourists as the only attraction.
Companies can invest into these projects or private organisations
MUzukuulu wa Masembe e Maya
Mgema ES (Tanzania):
It is excellence, but one thing that deteriorates this site is a number of visitors who pretend to on their vacations. In order to rebuild the site the ministry of tourism have to act on it, employ some more graduates in all other ways they could know what are they doing.
Sempiira Kasozi (United Kingdom):
Yes I think its disappointing to these sites in such a state
When I was young at one time I visited the sites but know the difference is great.
I think Uganda goverment and people of Uganda need to rebuild their heritage because thats Uganda's or Africans value.

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Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi
Country: Uganda
Inscribed: 2001
  • In Danger
    Cultural Heritage
    Criteria:  (1) (3) (4) (6)
    Category: Secular structure, Burial Religious structure, Indigenous

    Site history:
    2010In Danger
    "In March 2010, fire almost completely destroyed the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga building, the main structure at the site which contained four royal Buganda tombs. The property, an outstanding example of an architectural style developed by the Buganda Kingdom since the 13th century, will be reconstructed." (unesco)
    2001 Inscribed
    Reasons for inscription

    Site links

    Official website:
    »Kasubi Tombs

    In the news:
    » Japan contributes to Kasubi roofing (19-05-2014).
    » World Heritage site Kasubi Tombs to be ready by 2012 (23-09-2010).
    » List of World Heritage in Danger: World Heritage Committee inscribes the Tombs of Buganda Kings (Uganda) (29-07-2010).
    » Reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs in Kampala begins (25-05-2010).
    » Buganda's royal tombs in Kasubi burnt (17-03-2010).

    Related links:
    » Rebuilding Buganda's mausoleum.
    » The Buganda Homepage.

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