Uganda Martyr's Cathedral
Uganda Martyr's Cathedral Namugongo Reviews
The Place of Martyrdom Jun 03, 2000
This is the location of the famous massacre of young Catholic and Protestant believers who refused to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ or Christianity. This was during the reign of the kings in Uganda. The execution or rather massacre of the twenty five young believers took place at Namugongo on June 3rd, 1886 under the orders of King Mwanga. A grim history now only remembered in one of the country's more solemn religious ceremonies carried out on June 3rd every year.
The arrival of the Christian missionaries in Uganda created a situation that ushered in new developments, and marked a turning point in the religious life of the people of Buganda; as well as the political structure of the kingdom and Uganda as a country. The history of Buganda from this point on took a different shape and form, infact a social revolution that was to transform all aspects of people's lives as they knew it. We were told our ways of life: our believe systems were evil and would take all our souls to hell. Everything that followed this missionary was as unpredictable as they were uncomfortable. At this time, Buganda was ruled by Kabaka Mutesa the second (Kabaka is the Luganda name that translates into 'King'). The untimely death of Mutesa I in 1884 just a few years after the arrival of the missionaries, left the kingdom in the hands of Mwanga II, a youth whose ruling style fell far short of the charisma and political astuteness his late father had demonstrated in dealing with the foreigners . . .
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