Kasubi Tombs caretaker concerned over delays

KAMPALA- The caretaker of Kasubi Royal Tombs has expressed concern over the slow pace of the reconstruction of the burnt heritage site, saying the project has taken longer than anticipated.

Speaking during inspection of construction works by Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga on Tuesday, Princess Beatrice Namika Mpologoma said the delay had caused anxiety among Baganda who expected works to be completed in the shortest time possible.

“The period given to the contractor to complete work elapsed, but they are still moving at a snail pace. All materials required are on site but we wonder why work has delayed,” she said.

The 132-year-old royal tombs was burnt on March 16, 2010 and the kingdom has since been mobilising funds for putting up a new structure.

At least Shs3b has been raised from Baganda and well-wishers while government and foreign donors contributed Shs5b.
The kingdom is yet to give a breakdown of how much money will be spent on the entire project.

Efforts to speak to officials from Omega Construction, the company that was contracted to reconstruct the tombs were futile.
However, the Kasubi Tombs Reconstruction Committee chairperson Hajj Kaddu Kiberu, said the delay resulted from the desire to build a structure that matches international standards.

Omega reportedly sub-contracted the last phase of the project to Wabulaakayole (a traditional thatcher).

Wabulaakayole will supervise the 52 Buganda clans that will roof the structure.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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