The Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga is currently in Riyad, the Capital of Saud to attend a meeting with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This meeting will be a major decision factor in the status of the World Heritage Sites. The extended 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee commenced on Sunday, September 10th. It will run for 15 days and finally come to a close on September 25th.
One of its aims will be to determine the condition of conservation of 260 sites already on the World Heritage List. 55 of these are also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
In the now, the Kasubi Tombs are part of the 55 sites on the list of World Heritage in Danger. They are also apparently the Ugandan equivalent of the Egyptian Pyramids. The pyramids are stonework structures constructed for burying the Pharaos, similar to the Kasubi Royal Tombs.
Yesterday, Mayiga also took to social media and announced his hopes of updating the committee on the restoration works. They needed restoration after a fire gutted them down in 2010, just nine years after UNESCO named them a World Heritage site. The fire also burned down the main structure called Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, which housed four of the kingdom’s former kings.
Construction works on the Tombs are in their final stages. The hope is they will be completed by December 2023. This is according to the kingdom’s minister for culture and tourism, Anthony Wamala.
“Tourists will be allowed to visit the heritage site again by October as restoration works are in final stages,” he said on September 1, 2023.
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