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The site hosting the Royal Tombs is the major spiritual centre for the Baganda where traditional and cultural practices have been preserved. It is the most active religious place in the kingdom, where important rituals related to Buganda culture are frequently performed.
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A fire has gutted one of the three deity houses (Ennyumba z’Abalongo) at the Kasubi Royal Tombs, the burial grounds for four former Kings of Buganda Kingdom, and other members of the Royal Family. 

The minor fire is said to have broken out in the hut located a number of Meters from the main tomb, a grass thatched-roof mausoleum known as Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, at around 1 pm on Friday. It is still not clear what sparked off the fire, according to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango.

He, however, says that a team of officers from the Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services managed to put out the fire before it could spread to other huts. 

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Owekitiibwa Nuwa Kiyiimba, the Minister of Information, Protocol and Kingdom Spokesman says that the deity (Abalongo) were protected and none was destroyed during this fire outbreak, which he says had no threat to the main Mausoleum. 

“This particular house is hundreds of metres away from Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga, the main mausoleum at Kasubi Royal Tombs that is being reconstructed following the March 2010 fire,” he said. 

The site hosting the Royal Tombs is the major spiritual centre for the Baganda where traditional and cultural practices have been preserved. It is the most active religious place in the kingdom, where important rituals related to Buganda culture are frequently performed.

Built-in 1882 and later converted into a royal burial ground for Buganda Kings, the tombs are a masterpiece of human creativity and the most active religious place in the kingdom, according to the  United Nations Educational Scientific Organisation-UNESCO, which named it a World Heritage Site. 

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