Kabaka Mutebi meets UNESCO delegation over the restoration process of Kasubi Tombs
The Kabaka of Buganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, has thanked UNESCO, for their support to the Kingdom, towards the restoration of the Kasubi Tombs.
This was in his message to the delegation from UNESCO led by the director of UNESCO World Heritage Center, Lazare Eloundou Assomo, who visited him at Mengo palace today.
The Kabaka expressed gratitude over the cordial relationship between the Kingdom and UNESCO, in the effort to preserve culture in Africa and around the world.
He pledged commitment to maintaining the relations that have seen the Kingdom of Buganda known across the world.
He noted that when the tombs were listed among the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2001, it drew many from across the world to research about the Kingdom of Buganda, which promoted the tombs further.
The Kabaka stressed that the fire that burnt the tombs in 2010, did not only thrust people’s hearts in 2010, but also affected the people around the tombs financially.
As Buganda, and Africa as a whole, we must accept that culture and development move hand in hand. Therefore, oppressing people’s culture and traditions, results into many social and economic development problems. It is also contrary to God’s plan who created different people and bestowed different cultures upon them.
He also thanked the government of Japan who have provided modern firefighting equipment at the site, and the government of Uganda for their material and financial support through the process.
He requested UNESCO to consider the tombs out of danger and remove them from the list of endangered sites.
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