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Amin’s Lubiri torture chamber, a mirror of death


Most of the safe houses of the past presidents have used have gotten facelifts thus changed out of all recognition. However, there are those that have weathered all reigns and weather.

One such is the Lubiri Torture Chambers. Nestled underground, beneath the western wing of the Buganda Palace, this spacious four roomed safe house was purposed to serve as an arsenal by virtue of its strong built and architectural design.


Alas! It would be turned into a torture chamber as it is hidden underground and thus hard to notice. Stunned by its location, President Obote would also maintain it for the same purpose.

According to unofficial sources, the fallen two time President also used the single door arena for executing allies of Amin’s Government following the effortless overthrow of his reign (Amin’s).


For almost every turn inside the dark hideout, words of hatred cursing the two sadists are hard to miss. They were painted all over white walls of each compartment with blood, some with coal but all very somber in terms of writing style. Most noticeable among these was one boldly written in at entrance of the second rooms eight feet door which read, “Obote now that you have killed my husband, who will look after my children.”


Sadly, according to Damalie a guide at the Palace, “none of the 200,000 plus victims who were brought here ever escaped death. While some were butchered into unrecognizable pieces, others were either electrocuted or starved to death.”  Damalie elucidates.


Tour tips

  • Exploring the torture chamber costs Shs5, 000.
  • The palace is located in a busy part of the city that experiences overwhelming traffic jam especially in the evening hours. To evade the jam, a bodaboda ride is just what you need.



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