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Namugongo Martyrs Shrine (Catholic Basilica) by Justus Dahinden (1973)
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine (Catholic Basilica) by Justus Dahinden (1973)
Namugongo is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Wakiso District
County Kyaddondo
Constituency Kyaddondo East
Municipality Kira, Uganda
Elevation 3,870 ft (1,180 m)

Namugongo is the name of a township in Central Uganda.


  • Location 1
  • Uganda Martyrs 2
  • History 3
    • Canonization 3.1
  • Uganda Martyrs' Secondary School 4
  • Points of interest 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Namugongo is located in Kyaliwajjala Ward, in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District, Central Uganda, approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northeast of Uganda's capital Kampala.[1] It is bordered by Nsasa to the north, Sonde and Bukeerere to the east, Bweyogerere to the southeast, Naalya and Kireka lie directly south, Kyaliwajjala lies to the southwest and Downtown Kira lies to the west and northwest of Namugongo. The coordinates of Namugongo are:0°23'43.0"N, 32°39'57.0"E (Latitude:0.395289; Longitude: 32.665835).[2]

Uganda Martyrs

On 3 June 1886, thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. Some of the men were Anglican and others were of the Catholic faith. Annually, on June 3, Christians from all parts of Uganda, East Africa and other parts of the world congregate at Namugongo to commemorate the lives of the Uganda Martyrs and their dedication to their religious beliefs. Crowds have been estimated in hundreds of thousands in some years.[3]


The Namugongo Shrines were first recognised by the Late Joshua Serufusa-Zake (1884 - 25th June 1985) when he was the Sabaddu of Kira Sub-County (1827 - 1928). Joshua Serufusa-Zake constructed a structure at the Namugongo site, where it appears shrines were built later for prayer.

His interest in Christianity was enhanced by his father's participation in the wars that brought Christianity to Uganda. Joshua Serufusa-Zake's father, Semei Musoke Seruma Katiginya had earned a name for brevity 'Ngubu' from the wars. It might be of interest to note that Joshua Serufusa-Zake was born in 1984, just a year before the killings of Uganda Martyrs started.


Twenty two of the Catholic martyrs were canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 18, 1964 and are regarded as saints in the Catholic Church. A basilica has been built at the spot where the majority of them were burned to death. A church stands at the place where the Anglican martyrs met their death, about 2 miles (3.2 km) further east from the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs. Documentation is available on forty five martyrs but it is believed that many more believers met their death at the command of Kabaka Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887.[4]

Uganda Martyrs' Secondary School

Namugongo is the location of Uganda Martyrs' Secondary School, one of Uganda's leading high schools. The mixed boarding school is a partner with the Stephen Shames Foundation, based in Brooklyn, New York State in the instruction of Information Technology methods and applications to high school students in Uganda.[5][6]

Points of interest

The following points of interest are found at Namugongo or near its boundaries:

  • The Uganda Martyrs Basilica: A place of worship affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The Anglican Uganda Martyrs Shrine: A place of worship affiliated with the Church of Uganda
  • Uganda Martyrs Primary School: A public, mixed, elementary school (grades 1-7)
  • Uganda Martyrs Senior Secondary School: A public, mixed, boarding high school (grades 8-13)
  • Uganda Martyrs Nursery & Daycare Centre: An early education institution erected to commemorate 75 years since Namugongo Roman Catholic Parish was established in 1935.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Central Kampala And Namugongo With Map". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Google, . "Location of Namugongo At Google Maps".  
  3. ^ McCarthy, David (3 June 2006). "Uganda Martyrs Day: June 3rd". GadgetVicar.TypePad.Com. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Christian Martyrs of Uganda". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (1 July 2007). "Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Namugongo Turns 40".  
  6. ^ Haguma, Gloria (12 May 2014). "A School Living Up To The Might of Its Name".  
  7. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (6 February 2014). "Namugongo To Unveil Martyrs Jubilee Monument".  

External links

  • Uganda Martyrs Senior Secondary School, Namugongo

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