Kabaka’s Palace Kampala Uganda, Lubiri Mengo
Kabaka’s Palace – Lubiri Mengo : Kabaka is the tittle given to the King of the Buganda kingdom. Traditionally the baganda are ruled by two kings (Kabaka’s), one who is physical and another one spiritual. The spiritual king is represented by their Royal Drum, the Regalia which is referred to as the Mujaguzo. The spiritual king has got his Palace, servants, officials as well as palace guards. On the other, the material or physical king has the responsibility of performing the special traditional cultural rituals on the Royal Drums before he is announced or declared as the king of Buganda. When the Kabaka or king in Buganda is born, immediately the Royal Drums will be sounded by drummers that come from a specified clan. This is a sigh of notifying the subjects about the new birth of the new individual of the Royal Drums.
On the other hand the royal drums are sounded upon the death of the king and this is how communications are done about the death of the physical king. However according to the Buganda kingdom, the king doesn’t die but rather he gets lost in the Forest.
The Kabaka’s Palace/ Lubiri Mengo is one of the tourist attractions that can be included on the Kampala city tour. This is the official residence of the Kabaka and the palace has been in existence ever since the reign of Kabaka Mwanga II who was the success of his father Kabaka Muteesa II in the year 1884.
The Kabaka’s palace also known as the Twekobe was constructed in the 1922 and this is during the Reign of kabaka/king Duadi Chwa who was the successor of King Daniel Mwanga II in the year 1887 who was exiled in the Seychelles Island. Kabaka Daniel Mwanga II left the kingdom behind without a king therefore as King Duadi Chwa was making 18 years, he was helped by Sir Apollo Kagwa, Mugwanya Stanchions and Zakaria Kisingiri’s to crown him as a rule of the kingdom of Buganda.
The Kabaka’s Palace has got four main entrance or gates but each gate has its own importance or purpose. The first Gate is referred to as Wankaci and this the main gate of the king/Kabaka of kingdom of Buganda, the queen and the prime minister who is known as the Katikiro of the Buganda kingdom. The other gate close to Wankaci and this is the gate where the king is supposed to marry a beautiful lady and he expects to find her at the Kalala gate. The third gate called Nalongo gate and this is where the king/ Kabaka receives the gifts that are brought to him. The fourth gate is called Ssabagabo gate and the kabaka uses this gate for his personal issues and here he uses his normal car secretly and one will tell that the King is moving out.
The roads that connect to the Kabaka’s palace are in mengo with only two rounds about. The Bulange road is directly overlooking the main roundabout of the main gate Wankaci and the Lukiiko. The pass which is in the middle of the roundabout is known as Nakawetwa and the route is only used by the kabaka. The Kabaka was helped by his subjects to the dig the route to the Lukiiko building which is known as Bulange and there about 56 trees that were planted on the sides of the palace and each type of tree represents a given clan in the Buganda kingdom and there about 154 trees which are found in the Kabaka’s palace, each tree has got a meaning.
The kabaka’s palace is located on one of the seven hills of the Buganda which is called mengo hill one of the 7 hills of Kampala. Hill has got a lot of attractive features such as the fire entrance point that is kept burning throughout the day and night, the torture chamber where the late Idi Amin tortured about thousands of people up to death.
At the main entrance of the kabaka’s palace has a fire point which is supposed to be keeping burning both day and night and the person who is responsible for lighting must come from the Nyonyi Nakisinge which is a bird. The kabaka’s palace is one of the key attractions that you can explore while on a Kampala city tour and enjoy pleasure visit to the Kabaka’s palace, you will get chance to see the Admin torture chamber found within the palace.