Amabeere ga’ Nyinamwiru – Breasts of Nyinamwiru
This is found in Nyakasura - Kabarole District and is one of the UNESCO Heritage sites holding a Great Cultural Value hence making it one of the famous Cultural Tourism Sites in the Region. Several attraction surround the Cultural site such as caves where the ‘’Mysterious’’ Cultural site stands as well as a small forests holding a Good number of Birds and small forest Animals.
These attractions lead to a good number of memorable activities such as Hiking, Birding, Nature Walks as well as Community walks. Listening to the strong fierce legends and astonishing myths that surround the famous Cultural site from the Local Guides is one of the famous activities done around an evening fire place - The cave Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru (Breasts of Nyinamwiru) is named after Nyinamwiru or Nyina Mwiru Chwezi Kingdom (Bachwezi). She was the daughter of Bukuku, a very rich man and King of the Batembuzi dynasty, the predecessor of the current Babito kings of Tooro and Bunyoro kingdoms. She was a girl of famed beauty, and as always in these stories she was not willing to marry the man her father chose for her. As a result she was punished by cutting off her breasts which then grew into milk like dripping rock. Other versions of the legend tell, she cut off her breasts herself. So many interesting myths surround the Cultural site.
Kasubi Royal Tombs of Buganda Kingdom
Kasubi Royal Tombs is a place that has been preserved by the Buganda as a Royal Burial place for the Kings and his family lineage, however about four kings have so far been buried there. It is considered as an ancestral place for all kings in Buganda, thus, when the King visits Kasubi; he is regarded to as a Prince till when he goes out of the compound.
Kasubi Tombs is the only place the king is summoned and punished by the elders and as well the only place that one can visit to embrace and experience Baganda’s Culture- so much History has been preserved about the way of life of the Baganda’s. A good number of guides have been trained to remain and give guidance to clients while at the site with the 2 Royal Guards who are Responsible for guarding the place.
Apart from the site guides and Royal guards, Kasubi tombs has been maintained and taken care of by the deceased wives of the previous Kings, all kings are entitled to marrying a number of women of their choice, hence that is the reason as to why a king in Buganda has very many palaces and does not stay with a wife in the same palace. Therefore upon that cultural arrangement, the previous kings left so many women behind who later also died leaving behind relatives who are currently still living in Kasubi Tombs. Modern houses have been constructed in the same site to replace old ragged structures. All these houses are accommodating relatives of the deceased wives of the disappeared Kings (In Buganda, they believe a King does not die but Disappears)
The Lubiri and President Idd Amin Dada Torture Chambers
The Lubiri Palace was built on Mengo hill following a request from King Mutesa 1 Mukabya Walugembe the 30th king of Buganda after he lost his Rubaga palace to deadly fires – He later admired Mengo Hill and thus his palace was built there. He later stayed there till a clash of fire between President Dr. Milton Obote’s Uganda Army and the king's Loyals occurred with an intension of terminating Kingdoms in Uganda which left defeat in the King’s palace leaving masses dead, others relocated and the King was Exiled in the United Kingdom where he stayed till his death. The tunnel has since been maintained for History.
President Amin Dada brought back the remains of the deceased and buried them in Uganda in Kasubi Tombs. The palace was later left since there is a belief in Buganda that a King is supposed to be peaceful and therefore, he does not stay where blood has been shed. Till now the palace was closed, However when the Royals Relocated, President Iddi Amin Dada constructed a tunnel in Lubiri as a store for keeping fire arms which later turned into a torture chamber that led to painful death for enemies.
The Bulange Mengo and Kabakaanjagala Mile Road
The Bulange Building is adjacent to the Lubiri. When the Kabaka decided to meet the parliament, he was always driven straight to Bulange minus turning hence on the long miled Kabakaanjagala Road which has over 56 trees representing over 56 tribes in Buganda.
The Bulange Building is a very significant feature in Buganda hosting all Administrative offices and the Parliament of Buganda (The Lukiko where the Kabaka meets the parliament of Buganda). Previously Buganda Parliament was always conducted under the tree till when they upgraded under a grass thatched house and later Prime Minister Sir Apollo Kagwa decided to build a new Bulange with Bricks through a contract given to an Indian Alidina Visram in 1902, this was constructed to the entrance of Lubiri. However when the Kingdom out grew and the parliament Expanded, a new Bulange was constructed outside kiganda culture which received a lot of criticisms from the natives.
In the year 1953 while in exile in Scotland, Ssekabaka Muteesa II saw the plan, admired it, brought it with him on his return and he decided that the Lukiiko sit should be constructed using the plan. The construction work was started in 1953 and was completed in 1958 at a cost of 5 million which was a vast sum of money by then. It became the administrative sit of the Kingdom and the main feature in it is the Lukiiko hall. It has no upper floors because in the Kiganda culture, no body sits above and over the Kabaka`s head. The spot at which Bulange stands was formally occupied by the first English Police Post and was called Namirembe. The Bulange derives its name from Bulange hill due to the weaving grass that used to grow on that hill. Although it had for over 20 years been out of Buganda`s control, it still maintains its original stature despite once being gutted by fire. The symbols of the 50 clans are prominently depicted on the walls of the Bulange.
In the year 1966, the country Uganda faced a political turmoil; the Lubiri was invaded and captured. Bulange was turned into the Uganda army headquarters and the cultural institutions were abolished. However, in the year 1993, cultural institutions were re-instated and Bulange was handed back to the Kingdom. Although the Lukiiko resumed its duties, there were restrictions in the way they were to carry out their work. The Kingdom became a constitutional monarchy. The Lukiiko was to legislate only cultural laws and to deal with other developmental issues but were barred from Politics. No political issues were to be handled by the Buganda Lukiiko. These were left for the central government. By this time, the Lukiiko was composed of 68 directly elected members from the Buganda counties, 18 Buganda county chiefs, 6 members who were appointed by the Kabaka and members of the Buganda cabinet ministers.
The Circumcision Culture of the Bagishu in Eastern Uganda living on Mountain Elgon Ranges
Experience a grand Unique Authentic cultural practice trip to one of Africa’s Most Unique Brave cultural personalities to participate in circumcision dance and ritual practice.
A circumcision Regalia of the Gishu people is one of the most beautiful outfits made of the flourishing black and white thick wavy fur and skin of the Black and white Columbus Monkey and animal skins. A candidate aging the recommendable age of 12years and above legible to initiation from childhood to adulthood is dressed with Regalia accompanied by the beads, bells and numerous decorations. Before the act, several traditional primitive rituals are conducted to prepare a candidate for the final practice hence the Gishu use traditional methods of cutting off the sheath from the manhood using a live knife. A lot of feasting that is accompanied by local and beverages, slaughtering of animals, dancing and merry making is done prior and only after the candidate has braved the Knife without shaking or crying.
This ceremony is officiated in the 1st Friday of the 1st week of August of every even year. Delegates from different governments in all parts of the world come to witness the official opening where the 1st candidate is circumcised in the ancestral house of Masaba – the family that came from the slopes of Mountain Elgon on the Kenyan side and started a circumcision culture in Uganda, Inzu ya Masaba (House of Masaba) is regarded as the ancestral home of the Gishu people. Many Rituals are conducted around the house prior and after the ceremony.
The nature of practice and all attributes involved make it the most unique authentic practice in the whole of East African Region.
Uganda National Museum
Have a Visit to the oldest Museum of East Africa which is over 100years – it was officially established by a British protectorate government in 1908 with ethnographic materials. Its establishment is upon a call from Governor George Wilkerson who needed a collection of all useful objects throughout the country to set up a museum.
Between 1920 -1940s Church Hill, E.J. Wayland, Bishop .J. Wilson, P.L. Shinnie, E. Lanning worked together and carried out archaeology and paleontological surveys as well as excavations. Upon their exercise, several significant artifacts were collected and later a museum was established in a small Sikh Temple at Lugard’s Fort in Old Kampala Hill. However, Later the museum at fort Lugard become too small to hold all specimens collected which prompted another idea to move it to Margret Trowel School of fine Art in Makerere University College in 1941 and in 1954 funds were raised for a permanent home and the museum was moved to its current home Kitante Hill.