March 17th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

Uganda tense after tombs destroyed

Tensions were high in Uganda Wednesday after fire destroyed a UNESCO-listed cultural site of major significance to the country's biggest tribe.

It was not clear who set fire to the Tombs of the Buganda Kings, which was built in 1882 and lies near the capital, Kampala. It had contained the tombs of four ancient kings of the Buganda people along with cultural relics, including the spears of past kings.

The site was burned to the ground in the Tuesday-night fire.

Tensions between the Buganda and the government have historically run high, in part because President Yoweri Museveni is not from the tribe. There have been claims Museveni favors his own people, a tribe in the west, and the Buganda have said they feel persecuted.

Both the central government and the tribe began separate investigations of the fire Wednesday.

- Journalists Katherine Haywood and Samson Ntale contributed to this report.

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