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Revisiting Tombs of Kabaka Mwanga II in Uganda

Tombs of Kabaka Mwanga

This is the two-storey straw and wooden edifice that served as central piece in the palace of Kabaka Mwanga II.

Mwanga is the last independent Kabaka, or king of Buganda, in the modern-day Uganda.

The excerpt and pictures were taken from “Alte und Neue Welt; Illustriertes katholisches Familienblatt zur Unterhaltung und Belehrung, 33”, a German publication which came out in 1899. 

The rule of the Kabaka, Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa, commonly known as Mwanga II, was mired in conflict with the expanding influence of Christian missionaries and their converts.

Some of the converts were executed for their refusal to relinquish their faith.

Muslim groups in the kingdom, rival claimants to the throne and encroachment, weaken the kingdom and led to ultimate conquest by British colonial authorities.

Though he was noted for his tenacious resistance to these existential threats to his rule. He also stirred considerable controversy over his queer tendencies, considered scandalous by the growing Christian and Muslim presence in his kingdom.

Upon his final defeat in 1898, he was captured and exiled to the Seychelles where he died in 1903.

His body was repatriated and is buried at the royal burial complex, the Kasubi Tombs.

The Kasubi Tombs of Uganda are now an important World Heritage Site in Kampala.   

The Ugandan Heritage site is under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)