Kasubi Tombs – The burial grounds of the kings of Buganda in Kampala

Buganda has a long and extensive history. Unified in the 13th century under the first king Kato Kintu, the founder of Buganda’s Kintu Dynasty, Buganda grew to become one of the largest and most powerful states in East Africa during the eighteenth and 19th centuries.

The Kasubi Tombs, is the site of the burial grounds for four kabakas (kings of Buganda) and other members of the Baganda royal family.

The interior of the main central building Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, included relics and portraits of the buried kabakas / Image source

At Kasubi and in all other royal tombs, there is an area behind a bark cloth (lubugo) curtain known as Kibira or forest where certain secret ceremonies are performed. At the Kasubi Tombs the Kibira is the area where the real tombs of the Kabakas are, while in front of the curtain there are raised platforms corresponding to the position of each Kabaka’s tomb behind the curtain.

The first Kabaka to be buried at Kasubi was Muteesa I, the 35th King of Buganda. The dates of the reigns of the Kabakas are only precisely known from Ssekabaka Suuna II, who ruled from 1836 to 1856.

Four Kabakas are buried at Kasubi tombs, namely: Muteesa I (1835-1884), Basamula Mwanga II (1867-1903), Daudi Chwa II (1896-1939), Fredrick Walugembe Muteesa II (1924-1969)

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