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Luweero War Mass Graves Rotting Away

The Mass graves are surrounded by bushes, the gates and fences collapsed putting them at risk of theft and some of them are open after unidentified people break into and stole the skulls.
One of the abandoned mass graves at Kikamulo Sub County in Nakaseke district.

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More than 20 Luweero bush war mass graves are in a sorry state after going for months without being maintained.

The mass graves are located at Sub County headquarters of Kikamulo, Katikamu, Makulubita, Zirobwe, Bamunanika, Kalagala, Nyimbwa,Wabusana-Kikyusa, Kapeeka, Kikandwa and Wakyato among others all in Luweero and Nakaseke districts.

The sites were built to offer decent burials for the fighters and victims of the 1981-86 Luweero bush war that brought President Yoweri Museveni into power. But the current state of the monuments is appalling and some of the skulls were stolen by unknown people in the area.

The mass graves are surrounded by bushes, the gates and fences collapsed and some of them are open after unidentified people broke into them and stole the skulls.

The Local Council Three chairman for Katikamu sub county, Sam Sserunjogi, accused the government of neglecting the sites and forgetting the roles played by the dead in bringing it into power. Sserunjogi says that the sub counties have low budgets to cater for the renovation and maintenance of the sites which necessitates government intervention.

Another local council official from Kikamulo sub county, Mwebe Ssenteza, says that apart from renovation, the sites lack security which has given unidentified people a chance to open the graves and steal the skulls. He says that the fences and gates that were erected collapsed long ago and they petitioned the area Member of Parliament Rose Namayanja in vain.

In Kikyusa sub county, the local council chief Julius Kaggwa says that President Museveni promised to extend power to the monument in the area to ensure security and decency of the place but nothing has been done.

Kaggwa says that absence of power has exposed the site to theft and made it hard to maintain.

Suleiman Mugerwa, a war veteran says that the government has forgotten the contribution by the dead and abandoned the sites. Mugerwa says that a decent burial should be the only reward for the departed comrades and wonders how government can fail to put a fund to maintain the sites.

The local leaders and the residents are demanding that the government promotes the sites into tourist attractions and allows the sub county authorities to levy a small fee from visitors which can be used for maintenance and renovation.

The Nakaseke Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Kyomukama says that there has been laxity in maintaining the site, but the government is adopting a plan to promote the sites and ensure their continuous renovation.

The minister for Luweero Triangle Rose Namayanja has not commented on the issue.

More than one hundred thousand people are believed to have died during the five-year war between Museveni\'s National Resistance Army rebels and the Milton Obote government forces.

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