Two killed in riots after fire in the royal mausoleum in Kampala Uganda EFE News, 17 mar (EFE) .- Two people were killed and five others seriously injured in the riots that occurred when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni visited the mausoleum of kings of the ancient kingdom of Buganda, which was destroyed in a fire Tuesday. Hundreds of members of the Baganda ethnic group tried to block the presidential motorcade to pass, forcing the security detachment of the head of state to make “shots in the air,” said government sources. Ugandan television showed pictures of some of Museveni’s bodyguards armed with pistols pointing their weapons at the crowd, while uniformed soldiers fired into the air and pointed their rifles at the protesters to back off. The deaths of two civilians was confirmed by the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense and the Army, Colonel Felix Kulayigye, who said those killed and wounded were hit by gunfire from the soldiers. “The loss of the graves, a national heritage site and a major tourist attraction is unfortunate, but the violence that killed two people was completely unnecessary and could have been avoided,” said Kulayigye told reporters. Police said, meanwhile, groups of demonstrators threw stones at vehicles last night the security forces and the fire truck that put out the fire, whose origin is unknown, although it is possible that was intentional. The fire, which started at 2030 local time (1730 GMT) Thursday consumed the mausoleum, 128 years ago and declared a World Heritage Site by the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The building, constructed in wood and straw, was located in the hills between Kasubiuyo and burned his remains are buried, along with three other kings of Buganda, Edward Mutesa, father of king of the Baganda and Uganda’s first president after independence the country in 1962. Mutesa, who was overthrown in 1966 by his Prime Minister, Milton Obote, lived in exile in London until his death in 1969, and his remains were repatriated in 1971 by the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The people of Kasubi, center of the kingdom of Buganda, about four miles north of Kampala, the Ugandan capital, was the scene of chaos since it muchoantes Museveni arrived at the site, as the government deployed hundreds of soldiers, but groups of Baganda youths blocked roads and only withdrew when they were forced by the troops. The present king of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, accompanied by the Queen, Sylvia Nagginda, and several members of his court, also visited the graves and in an unusual gesture in Baganda culture, demonstrated publicly their emotion, wiping her tears with a handkerchief white. The incident, possibly intentional, has further worsened relations between the administration of Buganda and the government of Museveni, very tense since last September, when the Ugandan president to visit Mutebi prohibited parts of the kingdom. In the riots that followed the ban killed at least 27 people, most shot by security forces. Apart from Buganda, Uganda has three other major cultural monarchies: Tooro, Bunyoro andBusoga, as well as several smaller groups led by traditional tribal princes and aristocrats. EFE NOTE: COMMENTS Social organizations and representative in Uganda and UNESCO, not to mention the official must have a security policy and procedures and cultural rules of engagement, surveillance and security that henceforth prevent these axes go against the history of nations and peoples, history and on their historical and cultural heritage, in a continent of the oldest in the world if we fail to protect our historical heritage and cultural richness of a people , we are nothing.
Representative in the Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara.
Jenaro Romero Pastor
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