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Kasubi Tombs fire inquiry reveals conflict within royal family

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Dec 15, 2010

UGANDA (eTN) - The caretaker of the burned down UNESCO World Heritage Site and key cultural monument of the Buganda Kingdom has, in his capacity as a witness before the commission of inquiry into the fire, claimed that conflict of interest within the Buganda royal family was a major reason for the difficulties to manage the site, bordering on mismanagement. He produced letters and copies of letters, which were taken into evidence and suggested that the royals implicated should be ordered to appear before the commission and testify.

UNESCO has pledged about US$1 million for the rebuilding of the tombs, but as priceless artifacts were lost in the inferno, it is not certain as yet where some of the exhibits and paraphernalia would be sourced from when the tombs reopen. Ugandans, too, have generously contributed to the rebuilding fund, being fully aware of the significance of having a World Heritage Site in the capital city, which had been a magnet for many visitors from overseas and well near a cultural pilgrimage site for the kingdom’s faithful in central Uganda.

Kasubi Tombs fire inquiry reveals conflict within royal family
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