The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced on Tuesday that it has removed the Kasubi Royal Tombs from its endangered heritage list, expressing satisfaction with the progress of restoration efforts.
The Kasubi Tombs had been placed on the endangered list following a devastating fire in 2010, which nearly destroyed the entire site. Since then, ongoing reconstruction efforts are anticipated to be completed later this year, allowing the site to return to its desired state.
UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay commented, “This reconstruction is a collective success, attributed to the Ugandan authorities, Ugandan heritage professionals, and the local communities who played a pivotal role in the restoration process.”
In response to the announcement, Tourism Minister Martin Mugarra revealed that the restored tombs would soon be open to visitors, marking an exciting moment for the country and all those who value its culture and heritage.
The Kasubi Royal Tombs hold immense significance as the primary spiritual center for the Baganda people, where traditional and cultural practices have been preserved. The site serves as the resting place for four Kabakas (Kings of Buganda) and other members of the Baganda royal family.