The Katereke prison ditch is one if the important place of the Buganda cultural history, the ditch was built in the 19th century by Kabaka Kalema this was the time the Buganda kingdom was unstable and there was a lot of violence within the palace. The other royal princes and princesses didn’t want the Kabaka on the throne because he had killed his brother.
Kabaka Kalema killed his brother over a dispute caused by a woman, the total number of princes and princesses said to have been imprisoned is said to be 30 of his siblings he ordered the chiefs to build the ditch and his siblings were later on imprisoned. The Kabaka later on ordered for the slaughter of the prisoners he always thought that they would escape and over throw him from power.
In the Katereke prison ditch, the king ordered that huts be built and fencing was done with thorned trees. The princes and princesses we’re killed by torturing one who was said to have managed to escape was re captures and returned to the prison and killed by burning. The rest were still ablaze in the huts or slaughtered under the king’s orders.
Tourists visiting the Katereke prison ditch can also visit other important sites of the Buganda people such as the Naggalabi coronation site in Buddo-. This site is a very important place to the Buganda people in that it is a place where their King’s have been coronated since the 13th century when Kabaka Kintu killed his brother Bemba and declares himself king. On the way to the prison ditch tourists will pass through the place where the 1900 Buganda agreement was signed between the British government and the people of Buganda kingdom.
Another important place to visit is the Kasubi tombs where four of the Buganda Kingdom kabawere buried; the place is quite impressive and was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Another interesting place to visit with fascinating history is the Wamala tombs where Kabaka Ssuna II was buried he was the first king to welcome foreigners into the kingdom and the last king to have his jaw bone removed after death he had many wives in that he could even give a way any if asked. He had 218 children and 148 wives.
There are many cultural sites about the ancient Buganda kingdom where tourists can visit and learn about Uganda’s oldest kingdom and also get entertained with local dances as well as enjoy the local food of the Buganda people.
After the slaughter of princes and princesses Kabaka Mwanga returned from exile and exiled Kabaka Kalema who passed on after a few months. The Katereke prisons circles in about 70 meters in diameter.
A part from sight seeing his cultural site, tourists can also get entertained with a group of local dancers to make your visit more thrilling. The traditional dances are always done upon request from tourists.
The Katereke prison ditch is situated just 1.7 kilometers from Nsangi town off Buddo- Masaka road
While visiting the Buganda cultural sites tourists can look for accommodation within Kampala ranging from mid range, budget and luxurious where to lodge in will depend on the tourist’s budget.