Fire Burns Buganda's Coronation Site

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A mysterious fire has burnt yet another historical site in Buganda Kingdom, two and a half years after Kasubi Royal Tombs were burnt. Bwanika House on Naggalabi hill in Wakiso district was burnt early on Wednesday morning.

A mysterious fire has burnt yet another historical site in Buganda Kingdom, two and a half years after Kasubi Royal Tombs were burnt.

Bwanika House on Naggalabi hill in Wakiso district was burnt early on Wednesday morning.
 
Naggalabi is the official coronation site for all the Kings of Buganda, while Bwanika is where the Crown Prince performs the final rituals before ascending to the throne. It is here that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi was crowned in July 1993.
 
According to the Ganda tradition, succession ceremonies for the Kabaka take place at Naggalabi Hill because it was there that Kintu, the first Kabaka of Buganda, killed his brother Bemba and declared himself King in the 13th Century.

Charles Peter Mayiga, the Buganda Kingdom spokesperson, confirmed the fire, but declined to give details saying that he is attending what he termed as an important meeting in relation to the fire.

Apollo Makubuya, the Buganda attorney general, told URN that a team of youths have been sent to the venue to help in establishing the details of the fire. He adds that the kingdom shall come up with a statement in due course.

The latest fire comes at a time the kingdom is making final preparations to start the reconstruction of Kasubi Royal Tombs, which were burnt down in March 2010. Four Buganda kings, Mukaabya Muteesa I, Basamula Ekkere Mwanga, Daudi Chwa and Edward Muteesa II were buried at Kasubi.