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  • Purchase of equipment required to ensure proper documentation of the reconstruction process;

  • Preparation of an overall conservation project document to be submitted to donors, including costs of international expertise to advise on the reconstruction strategy;

  • Reprinting a revised version of the 2006 booklet on Kasubi tombs with 2 pages on the fire incident included;

The State Party submitted the request at the end of May 2010 to the World Heritage Centre. The Advisory Bodies strongly support the principle of this property benefitting from Emergency Assistance along the lines set out by the April 2010 mission. They do however consider that the request needs to be reformulated so that it reflects the urgent work that is needed in the short-term to respond to the emergency. They consider that the workshop needs to be re- formulated to focus on the emergency. They also considers that some of the costs should be revisited and where possible reduced. They consider that the exhibition should be a short-term immediate production rather than a formal exhibition with formal opening.

2) Reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga

The mission, which proposed a short term action plan that foresees the complete reconstruction by December 2011, also recommended:

  • The production of complete documentation before the start of the works which should include:

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      Architectural survey of the wreckage;

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      Study of the traditional construction techniques and their associated intangible values

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      Identification of skilled people and sourcing of materials (where and how they were traditionally sourced);

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      Compilation of existing archives (plans, drawings and photographs);

  • Consideration of what constitutes the attributes that convey the Outstanding Universal Value of the property when undertaking reconstruction:

  • The preparation of a detailed reconstruction strategy which will have to be submitted for approval to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS before any action is undertaken;

  • An estimate of the overall cost of the reconstruction project to be undertaken (cost of the main structure, cost of the roof, cost of the internal finishes, management, etc.);

  • That reconstruction process should be used to train more thatchers who will also be able to maintain other Ganda thatched roofs on associated sites

  • That the reconstruction project integrates both a fire prevention system and a fire fighting strategy;

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider that the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga building at Kasubi was an outstanding example of an architectural style developed by the Buganda Kingdom since the 13th Century.

With its complete destruction by the 16 March 2010 fire, they consider that the property’s Outstanding Universal Value is seriously threatened.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider that the significance of the building lay partly in the way it reflected typical Bugandan traditions but also in its size, elaboration and sacred use which set it apart from other structures. Buildings such as this need constant maintenance and irregular renewal. Their fabric cannot all be maintained over time; the authenticity of their structures lies more in a reflection of traditional materials and practice than in the age of component parts. They consider that a case can thus be made for the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga building provided that a clear reconstruction strategy is set out and agreed in advance that sets out the rational for the chosen approach,

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 94

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