The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has dropped Kasubi tombs from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The decision was reached during the extended 45th Session of the World Heritage Committee, which is currently taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under a session scheduled to conclude on September 25.
The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi is an architectural marvel and a revered cultural and historical site that was included on the world heritage list in 2001.
Over the years, concerted efforts and collaborations have been made to address the challenges facing the site, with the restoration journey including the reconstruction of the Mazibu Azaala Mpanga (the main tomb), the meticulous restoration of the Bujjabukala (gatehouse), and the installation of a state-of-the-art firefighting system in the tomb area. In November 2019, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, while reporting on the project’s financial status, revealed that approximately six billion Shillings had been utilized at that point with the government of Uganda contributing 2.3 billion shillings, while the kingdom had raised an additional four billion shillings through public contributions. END