Last updated: 17 march, 2010 - 17:19 GMT

Uganda's Kasubi royal tombs destroyed by fire

Supporters of Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, traditional ruler of the Baganda, one of Uganda's main tribes shout as they watch the Kasubi tombs go up in flames in the early morning on 17 March 2010

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A fire has destroyed the historic burial site of four Bugandan kings near the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The straw-thatched building which housed the Kasubi tombs near Kampala (photo: 2006)

The thatched Kasubi tombs were a Unesco world heritage site

The king of Buganda, the largest of the traditional kingdoms in Uganda, visited the scene and has announced a week of mourning.

Earlier, Ugandan soldiers shot dead at least one person as angry crowds blocked President Yoweri Museveni from visiting the burial site.

Newshour reports on the fire and the significance of the site for the people of the region, with contributions from:

  • Mark Hoser, a freelance photographer who was caught up in the clashes
  • The BBC's Joshua Mmali, who was also there in Buganda
  • Andrew Reid, a Senior Lecturer in Eastern African Archaeology at University College London
  • Medard Segona Lubega, a spokesman for the Buganda kingdom

First broadcast 17 March 2010

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