Ugandan soldiers and police have clashed with rioters in the capital after fire gutted the site of the burial grounds of the former kings of the country’s largest historic kingdom. Security forces used tear gas on March 17 to disperse members of the Baganda ethnic group angry at the destruction of the tombs at Kasubi on the outskirts of Kampala. “Last night the tombs of their kings — 200 years basically of their cultural heritage — was burnt to the ground,” Malcolm Webb, a Kampala-based journalist, told Al Jazeera. “They suspect it was arson. “I’ve seen four people who were injured; some of them may be dead. But the crowd has been largely chased away. Buganda is one of Uganda’s four historic kingdoms and the Baganda are the biggest ethnic group in the country. The violence triggered fears of renewed tension between the government and ethnic Baganda, who accuse the government of undermining their kingdom. (Al Jazeera)

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