Wamala Tombs

Situated in Nabweru Sub-county, Wakiso district, Wamala tombs are a sacred burial site of Ssekabaka II, the 29th king of Buganda. From the hills on which the Tombs are located, one can see Kagoma Hill atop which Ssuna built a place for his mother.

Suuna (1836-1856) was a powerful and despotic ruler, with a violent reputation for penalty. His death in 1856 heralded a golden age by bringing Kabaka Mutesa I to the throne, generally regarded as the greatest King of his times. Suuna was the son of Kabaka Kamanya and was the first kabaka to receive Arab traders. Suuna II had 148 wives and 218 children was the last King to be buried in his own Palace and the last to have his jaw bone removed after demise.

How to get there:
The Wamala Tombs are located 13 Kilometers along the Kampala-Hoima Road through Nansana Town to Nansana Trading Center. Turn right at Nansana Trading Center onto a dusty road of 1.5 Kilometers to the tombs, taking about 25 minutes from Kampala if there is no traffic jam along the way.

Wamala Tombs are housed in a good-looking, conventional thatched arched structure. At the shrine, you get to know comprehensively about the history of Ssekabaka Mutesa I, the 29th king of Buganda and Ssekabaka Suuna that excites and surprises many visitors who visit the tombs. Inside Kabakas’ Tombs are primordial spears and shields surrounding the central platform and a backcloth display which hides the legendary everlasting forest where he journeyed for never-ending living.

The tombs are still used for ritual ceremonies, sometimes involving the dead King’s preserved umbilical cord (his “twins”), his jawbone and other supernatural objects. Inside Kabakas’ tombs, visitors make offerings to the dead Kings and other tombs’ spirits.