Rotting Tooro royal tombs shock French ambassador


Kabarole district officials suffered unimaginable shame on Thursday when the Ambassador of French to Uganda Sophie Makame requested to visit Tooro burial grounds.

Makame who is on an official visit to Tooro decided to visit the mausoleum where the three former Tooro kings were buried.

Uganda Radio Network reports that the Kabarole district Vice Chairperson Moses Ikagobya tried to halt the tour after realising that about five graves of the princes and princesses had caved in.

Amb Makame, who was accompanied by Brig Charles Bakahumura, the Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI), was visibly shocked by the bushy, collapsed burial grounds.

In Buganda, Kasubi royal tombs serve as a tourist attraction but Tooro decided to neglect one of their historical sites.

Known as ‘Amagasani’, the tombs are located at Karambi about two kilometers outside Fort Portal town.

Three former Kings of Tooro; Omukama David Kasagama Kyebambe III, Sir George David Matthew Kamurasi Rukidi III and Patrick David Matthew Kaboyo Olimi III were all buried at this site.

Embarrassed David Baguma, the in-charge of the tombs, tried to explain to Amb Makame that the maintenance of the royal tombs is a mandate of Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal family also known as the ‘Omusunga’.

“I have informed him several times about the state of the tombs but he is yet to reply,” Baguma explained.

During the 2014/2015 financial year, Tooro Kingdom budgeted Shs170m to erect a perimeter fence at Karambi to stop encroachment and renovate some of the graves.

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