World Heritage Buganda Tombs in flames: fears of fresh riots engulf Kampala city

Kasubi tombs, a UNESCO World heritage site and burial place for four of Buganda Kings tonight (9:00 pm) Kampala time went up in flames. Daily Monitor reports  that there’s arson suspicion but not much about the cause is yet known.

Kasubi tombs on fire on Tuesday night March 16th. A New Vision photo

Police was deployed as masses started gathering and charging as rumours of arson engulfed the city. Last year a riot that saw Buganda King supporters against the security forces left around 21 people dead millions worth of properties destroyed.

CBS radio, a Kingdom owned radio is still closed after government accused it of inciting violence during last year’s riots.  This relationship between President Museveni’s government and Buganda Kingdom is far from rosy and this  has already given fertile ground for many to think there was some foulplay. Many people seem to expect riots to breakout at dawn. We only hope there will be a thorough investigation  into the burning of the tombs and that no people will lose their lives and property. This is crucial time for Buganda leadership too. The Kasubi tombs are equally a heritage for the country so i hope both sides deal with this issue with maximum restraint.

Xinhua reported that the police was not allowed to access the scene as the crowds gathered to throw stones at the police injuring one officer.