By Mildred Nambi
A team of officials from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headquarters in Nairobi are in Masaka to investigate the raid on the foreigners’ cemetery.
Unidentified people backed by two armed men raided the cemetery located at Bwala hill and destroyed 13 graves before disappearing with the remains from the tombs.
Local leaders in Masaka suspect the grave raiders wanted to grab the cemetery land.
A team of officials from Commonwealth War Graves Commission led by Lod Carkett, the East African Regional Manager and regional supervisor Daniel Achin stormed Masaka Municipality to substantiate reports that the cemetery had been disposed of.
They later inspected the cemetery located next to Masaka Social Centre and Hill Road Public school and found 13 graves desecrated.
The officials who were in the company of the Mayor Masaka Municipality Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo and other municipal officials, were shocked to find graves of key world war fighters such as Thomas Changa and Arthur Williams Johnson, both from the British Army tampered with.
The team bought construction materials to have the graves fixed.
The East African Regional Manager Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lod Carkett, , warned Masaka Municipality against being tempted to dispose of the cemetery saying the British government spends huge sums of money to maintain them.
He said his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent and Queen Elizabeth are aware of the existence of the cemetery.