Kasubi Hill, Kasubi , Uganda
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Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi: UNESCO World Heritage Site Mar 17, 2010
The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi covers over 30 acres of hill side land. The top of the hill is Palace of the former Kings (Kabakas) of Buganda, built in 1882. It has now been converted into royal burial ground. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. The main significance of this site is the preservation of traditional values and beliefs, spirituality, continuity of life after death and human identity. The 200 years old tombs were designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2001. It is the burail ground of four kings preceeding the current Kabaka, Mutebi.
The history of the kings is an interesting one, it tells of a culture, and tradition of respect and successions. The very first king to be burried at the Kasubi burial grounds was Kabaka Mutesa I, born 1835 and became king in 1856, he was the 35th king of Buganda. His successor was his son Kabaka Daudi Chwa who succeded him to the throne in 1897. When Chwa died, he too was buried at Kasubi. Kasubi was the place of the Palace of Mutesa I, he established his stronghold here in 1882 to control access to the kingdom.
When Kabaka Chwa dies, he was succeeded by his son Edward Mutesa II. Kabaka Mutesa II was the king who reigned during the colonial era. He is the king who collaborated with the British colonial powers to attain independence in 1962. He was the first constitutional President of Uganda. He died in 1969 in London where he had been exiled by President Obote who overthrew him from power in 1966. His remains were brought back to Uganda in 1971 and buried at Kasubi burial grounds.
Sadly, all this history is in the books only now; On March 17, 2010, the grass thatched tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi were reduced to ashes by a fire whose origin could not be determined. A great lose to the kingdom and the cultural tourism og Uganda.
PS: Why leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today?
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