Uganda royal tombs’ arsonist arrested

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A man yesterday surprised policemen in Uganda’s capital Kampala, when he walked into a Police station and allegedly confessed setting ablaze the Buganda kingdom royal tombs.

According to Uganda police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba, Joseph Musoke told police that he was responsible for the March 16, 2010 inferno at the royal tombs.

The over 130 year old tombs belong to Buganda kingdom and are a world heirtage site.

According to Nabakoba, “Musoke confessed before police officers that he set fire on the tombs. He told them that he was feeling guilty and regretted torching the tombs. He said he torched the royal tombs because he believed they were satanic.”

A Criminal investigations department officer, John Amanya said “he carried a big bible, a rosary and a cross. He told us that he is a staunch Catholic and that is the reason why he believed the tombs were satanic”.

Musoke reportedly told police that he had tried several times to set the tombs ablaze but was always stopped by the guards at the tombs.

The burning of the royal tombs led to riots in which three people were shot dead by the police and over 50 sustaining severe injuries.

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