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Restoration of the Kasubi tombs can now start, following approval by experts from the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The team leader, Mr. Sebastien Moriset, said they were satisfied with the work done by the committee comprising the Government, Buganda kingdom and UNESCO.
“We are very impressed with the level of expertise in the preliminary work to rebuild the site,” Moriset said. The 130-year-old world heritage site was razed to the ground by a fire on March 16, destroying the mausoleum which housed the tombs of four Buganda kings.
The World Heritage committee meeting held in Brazil in July asked Uganda to wait for the mission before starting reconstruction works. The gender minister, Gabriel Opio, said the Government was committed to rebuilding the site without compromising its universal value.
Opio also said a trust fund and a national technical committee would be set up to oversee the reconstruction work estimated to cost sh10b. UNESCO has provided sh160m ($71,342), while Buganda has raised sh500m. The commission’s deputy chairperson, Augustine Okurut, attributed the delay in reconstruction of the tombs to intensive research into its history and social value.
The architectural work of the tombs is said to have been done by the Ngo clan of the Baganda and only they can rebuild it. The last renovation of the tombs was done in 1938 during the reign of Kabaka Daudi Chwa.
The commission will issue suggestions on preventive measures against a repeat of a similar incident in the future. Besides Kasubi tombs you can take time off and do Uganda safaris and do chimpanzee tours and gorilla tours among other things.