Kintu of Buganda

Not to be confused with Kintu, the first person on earth according to Buganda legend.
Ssekabaka Kato Kintu
Kabaka of Buganda
Reign Early 14th Century
Birthplace Uganda
Died Mid 14th Century
Place of death Nnono, Busujju
Buried Nnono, Busujju
Predecessor None
Successor Chwa I of Buganda
Consort Nambi Nantuttululu
Father Unknown
Mother Unknown

Kato Kintu Kakulukuku (fl. early 14th Century) was the first Kabaka (king) of the Kingdom of Buganda. Kato Kintu is not to be confused with Kintu, the first person on the earth according to Buganda legend. Kato Kintu gave himself the name Kintu, a name that he knew the Baganda associated with the father of all people. [1]

Claim to the throne

Kintu created the kingdom of Buganda by forcefully taking over the five clans that lived in the region. To signify his victory over a clan, he would sleep in the conquered leader's home; tradition says that Buganda was the name of the first house that he slept in after his victory over Bbemba and his tribe. Buganda was later used to refer to the entire area he subdued.

Marital life

Kabaka Kintu was married to Nambi Nantuttululu, his chief wife, daughter of Bakazirwendo, of the Ngeye clan.


He is reported to have fathered the following offspring:

  • Prince (Omulangira) Lukedi, Chief of Bukedi
  • Prince (Omulangira) Mulanga Kimera, a great hunter who worked iron and introduced the Baganda to eat meat.
  • Kabaka Chwa I Nabakka, Kabaka of Buganda, who reigned in the mid 14th century.
  • Princess (Omumbejja) Nang'oma, Chiefess of Buluuli


  • Prince (Omulangira) Winyi, Chief of Kibulala (allegedly Winyi I, Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara).
    • Prince Winyi married Lady Wannyana, his chief wife, sister of Balitema Kajubi, Chief of Kasujju, a Muhima. Together they had two children: (a) Princess (Omumbejja) Musenyu, Chiefess of Kyeeya; the eldest child and (b) Prince (Omulangira) Ntembe, Chief of Busoga

Oral Luganda tradition states that Chwamale Winyi of Kibulala was the elder twin brother of Kato Kintu.

The final days

Kabaka Kato Kintu died at the age of thirty years. He was buried at Nnono. [2]

Succession table

Preceded by
King of Buganda
early fourteenth century
Succeeded by
Chwa I

External links

  • The history of the Buganda Kingdom
  • List of The Kings of Buganda

See also


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