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Tracing Bishop Hanningtons


A Narration By Edward Baliddawa


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Busoga has many significant c u lt u r a l , historical and religious places and Bishop Hannington Memorial Site atKyando is one of them. I have for long desired that Kyando site gains its rightful religious position of significance as the place where martyrdom in Uganda began on the 29th October 1885 when Bishop James Hannington was executed together with his 47 pages and assistants on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. The facts that we now got from Edward Baliddawas trip account to Hanningtons origin reveal many things we didnt know about this Saint and Martyr. For example, we now know that Bishop Hannington originated from a small rural village called Hurstpierpoint in Sussex, UK and came to Africa soon after being consecrated a Bishop for East Equatorial Africa in 1882. Following his martyrdom at Kyando, Bishop James Hannington was declared a Saint by the Church Conference of Lambeth in 1958 and he is listed among the Anglican Saints. With all these facts, a very good elaborate and compelling story about Bishop Hannington and the place Kyando will be formed and this should be able to attract more visitors to this place. Celebrating Bishop James Hanningtons day has been an annual event in Busoga Diocese for many years. Each year, Christians gather at Kyando to commemorate the life of James Hannington and also to renew our faith while reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice that he made. It gives me a lot of joy to know that by the recent trip that our brother Edward Baliddawa took to trace Hanningtons origin in the UK, we as a church, now know a lot more about the life of this Martyr. This is an exciting account for all of us and I am personally encouraged by this story.

Rev. Dr. Michael Kyomya Bishop of Busoga

Rebecca A. Kadaga (MP)

Speaker of Parliament/ Patron Busoga Tourism Initiative









My Trip To Bishop Hanningtons Origin

he late Bishop James Hanningtons name is almost a household name in the in the church of Uganda. Many of us recall that 29th October annually is a pilgrim day when Christians in Busoga Diocese make pilgrimage to Kyando village in Mayuge District to commemorate the day when Bishop Hannington was murdered while preaching the good news of salvation. Apart from that, there doesnt seem to be much known about this man that the Church in Uganda reveres and celebrates in faith.

Many people had never had the opportunity to go on this Kyando pilgrim or even just make a casual visit to Kyando before. Untill recently in September 2012, while I was spearheading the ca mpaign to promote tourism in Busoga that I visited this sacred place. I went to Kyando together with two of my colleagues; Sulaiman Kirunda Balyej jusa -MP Budiope East Buyende and Frederick Mbagadhi

Nkaayi- MP Kagoma County Jinja on a fact finding mission. We had heard of the historical importance of Kyando attributed to the martyrdom of Bishop Ja mes Hannington. We wanted to find out how this historical landmark could be integrated into the proposed Busoga Tourism Circuit that we were proposing to promote under the Busoga Tourism Initiative.

The concrete monument that had been erected on top of the rock symbolizing the spot where Bishop Hannington was murdered. This monument was vandalized

A new monument was built and now housed to protect it from vandalism

The story behind the importance of this martyr place is compelling as it reveals the life of Bishop Ja mes Hannington whose mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ was cut short by a misunderstanding of language. It is told that Bishop Hannington was arrested, tourtured and eventually murdered with 48 of his porters (pages) on 29th October 1885 on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda. During this era, Busoga was largely under indirect rule of Buganda through proxies. Chief Luba who was controlling Bunya one of the 11 chiefdoms of Busoga had his allegiance to Kabaka Mwanga. Although, Kabaka Mutesa I, Mwangas father had earlier on been very receptive to the

Christian teaching which the British explorer Henry Stanley had shared with him at his palace in 1875. Following this conversation with Stanley, Kabaka Mutesa asked Stanley to write a letter to Queen Victoria of England, appealing for missionaries to come to Uganda. The letter was published in The Daily Telegraph newspaper in England on 15th November 1875. Oh! That some pious, practical missionary would come here! What a field and harvest ripe for the sickle of civilisation.It is the practical Christian tutor who can teach people how to become Christians, cure their diseases, construct dwellings and turn his hand to anything like a sailor this is the man who is wanted.Y ou need not

fear to spend money on sucha mission So, two years later, Christianity first ca me to Uganda when eight missionaries from the Church Missionary Society arrived in 1877 . The Christian faith was originally preached only to the immediate members of the court of King Mutesa, Kabaka (king) of Buganda. King Mutesas successor, King Mwanga, beca me increasingly angry as he realized that the first converts put loyalty to Christ above the traditional loyalty to the king. Martyrdoms began in 1885. Mwanga first forbade anyone to go near a Christian mission on pain of death, but finding himself unable to cool the ardour of the converts, he resolved to wipe out Christianity. Among the early martyrs of Uganda was Bishop, Ja mes Hannington, the first Anglican Bishop of the Eastern Equatorial Africa province. Bishop Hannington approached the Buganda Kingdom from the East. Unfortunately, unknown to him, there was a Baganda

belief that its enemies would approach the kingdom from the eastern route. So, the Kabaka (king) sent warriors to meet this encroaching enemy. And Bishop Hannington was intercepted in Bunya in Busoga when Chief Luba had sent emissaries to Kabaka Mwanga to inform him of the unknown person that had entered his territory from the east. It is said that Kabaka Mwanga immediately ordered Chief Luba to exterminate the invader using the Luganda language command words Mugende mu mutte, translated as Go and kill him. But in order to save himself from the British Colonials wrath that followed after the murder, Kabaka Mwanga argued that he had ordered Chief Luba to release the white man, but instead Chief Luba confused the order of release mu mutte with that of killing mu mute! Before they killed Hannington on 29th October 1885, he is reported to have said, Tell the Kabaka that I die for

Uganda. These words are looked like or any idea of his inscribed on his tomb at the life before his death in Busoga. Na mirembe Cathedral. I thought that this was not only strange but also unfortunate! The caretaker and Archdeacon of Bishop Ja mes Hannington As we prepare for this years Memorial Church at Kyando pilgrimage to Kyando to mark (Rev. Ja mes Mwandha) yet another commemoration of the day when Bishop Hannington died, I agreed with the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who is the patron of Busoga Tourism Initiative (BT I), a non-profit organization spearheading the promotion of tourism in Busoga, that there Bishop Hanningtons Tomb is need to reach out to the narrates the life story of Bishop fa mily of Bishop Hannington Hannington with such passion so that they can be invited that would reflect the burning to participate in this years desire of the late to conquer the event. This was a good decision whole hu manity for Christ. though with a challenges, but Inspite of the reverence for thanks to the (World Wide Bishop Hannington and the Web), Internet which availed deep desire within the Church of valuable information. I was Uganda to continue propagating able to find out that there is what he started, little is known a church na med after Bishop about hi m beyond his brief Ja mes Hannington in Hove, life at Kyando village. No one Brighton in East Sussex, UK. both at Kyando and the whole This formed my main link in the Church in Busoga seemed trace for Bishop Hanningtons even to have the slightest clue fa mily. Also invaluably was my of what Bishop Hannington niece Mr. Charles Wa mulo who

resides in London. Upon arrival in Crawley, a town located some 45 km from London, Wa mulo Charles and I mapped out our travel plan to Hove, Brighton. For the following day, we set for Brighton in pleasant ride having come from where driving on a major road is a hustle and this took us a few minutes. While in Brighton, we were joined by Z ach, Charles fa mily friend who has lived in Brighton for over ten years. This made us feel safe as he was fa miliar with beautiful sea costal city. After explaining to Z ach our mission, he told us that he had visited Bishop Hannington Church in Hove a couple of times. This was a relief because as we now knew that the puzzles in our search might start falling in place. But this was not before we were treated to a su mptuous breakfast by Z achs mom who stays in an apartment in Brighton. As we talked and shared some memories about Uganda I was informed that Z achs mom was actually my voter from Kigulu North Constituency with her

Charles and myself at Heathrow airport soon after my arrival from Entebbe

Zach and the author in Brighton

parents living in Bugono village. Bishop Hunnington Church in Hove is located in an area that exudes elegance and neatness. Though I had seen the pictures of this church on the Internet before my travel to UK, I was excited to see and stand in front of a church bearing the na me of Bishop Ja mes Hannington. This was monu mental for me. I was struck by the sight of a plaque that was on the wall outside the Church near its main entrance. Seeing the word Uganda inscribed on this Church plaque evoked an emotion in me that this is it.

Plaque on the wall at Bishop Hannington Memorial Church in Hove

To the glory of God. This stone was laid by Lord Bishop of Chichester the 26th day of November 1938 in memory of James Hannington 1st Bishop of East Equatorial Africa

Bishop Hannington Memorial Church in Hove - East Sussex

We spent a few minutes gazing at the Churchs exterior anticipating that someone could pop out of the closed doors to welcome the strangers. Without anybody coming from the Church we took a bold move to knock at the door. We did this repeatedly and as when we almost convinced that there was no body the door suddenly opened and there ca me out a face of a gentleman I had seen before on the Churches Web Site. He had been described as Mr. David Docherty, the Church Operations Manager. I felt a relief knowing that this is the right place we have come to.


However, my relief suddenly turned into disappointment and disbelief. As soon as the door flung open, the man asked us what we wanted! Ofcourse we knew why we were there and that would not have been that difficult for us to explain ourselves, but I guess all of us were taken unawares by the first facial and verbal expression by this man as he opened the door. I a m sure it was our usual African instincts for welcoming visitors, known or unknown, that really set in and we kind of thought that we were probably not welcome. Anyway, the cunning Charles immediately cleared his voice and looking the man straight in the face in his acquired Welsh accent started explaining why we had gone there. Not convinced by our introductions that we are from a church in Uganda where Bishop Hannington had died and that we are trying to establish some collaboration with the Christians of the Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Mr.

Docherty in a very cold tone put it to us that actually, their church had nothing to do with Bishop Hannington except only having his na me. At first we thought that we had not probably explained well to Mr. Docherty the importance of our visit, so we took turns to speak and try to make it clear and as possible to him. Interestingly the response each time was the sa me as the one earlier. He advised us to proceed to the next village Hurstpierpoint which he said was the birth place of Bishop Hannington. After spending some minutes talking from outside in the sweltering sun, Z ach politely requested if we could be allowed to go inside to have a look before we leave the place. Mr. Docherty obliged and he led us inside the church. He explained to us the missionic symbolism of its architecture and furnishings. It is a beautiful church built before the outbreak of the first Second World War. We were told that this was a mong the first brick generation churches

moving away from the stone they had no connection with built buildings in the UK. Hannington at all and advised us to proceed to Hurstpierpoint Mr. Docherty, seemingly a little for any details. comfortable with our presence, pointed us to the Church notice We stepped out of the church board and illustrated to us the and into the parking yard external missionary work that with a mixed bag of feelings the Church is involved in. For about our encounter at Bishop each external mission, there Hannington Memorial Church was a string tied to a paper in Hove. pin that ran from Hove to the respective points on the world However, we were now even map. For Africa, there was one more energized on our desire string that ran from Hove to to find out more about Ja mes somewhere in Sierraleone. This Hannington. Here we parted prompted Charles to say that with Z ach, since he could not historically there is a link string be able to continue with us on between Hove and Uganda to Hurstpierpoint. due to the existence of the Charles hit the pedal and in two memorial churches in the about 25 minutes we were at na me of Bishop Hannington. what looked to be the entrance So we suggested that it would point to this rural village town. beneficial to Christians from As we entered the town on the both churches if there was a link left, we saw a signpost of Holy between the two Churches. Trinity Church. We followed and we saw another one before the Well, I guess, our host had by old Victorian stone built church. now had enough of us and it This was marked Church seemed that our stories about House. We decided not to go Uganda and Hannington to the church straight away, but were not making any sense to to try out this church house first. him. He again insisted that My instinct from Ugandas

settings, I presu med that the church house must be where the Reverend or Parish Priest stays. So I started feeling a little bit assured that we shall soon land on someone in the church to tell us something about Hannington. After all, this was meant to be a little rural village where everybody must know everybody. We pulled into the drive way with Charles in the lead, knocked on the door. After a few moments, a lady half opened the door. Charles asked if this was the residence of the caretaker of the church just adjacent. The lady answered no and told us that this was a private property

with no connection at all with the church. She was however helpful to hint that we could try to go to the Rectory which according to her, was a few meters down the road. So we turned back to town and sloped down a very neat small road bypassing a Methodist Church and Catholic Church. After a few turns and inquiries, we finally located the Rectory. This is where the parish priest or Reverend (Rectors of the Holy Trinity Church) resides. K nowing that we were making some headway, we stepped out of the car to stretch before going to knock the door of the Rector. As fate would have it, just from across the road there was an

Inside the Bishop Hannington Memorial Church in Hove


elderly man in his 70s who was just crossing the road coming into the Rector Residence compound. I think his strides were hastened on seeing the two of us standing there. He was a hospitable, pleasant person and as he approached us he greeted us in a much friendlier tone than what we had encountered in Hove. We explained to him that we were from Uganda and that we were interested in getting somebody

was trying to bring her onboard as to our reasons of being there. The lady slowly walked towards us and told us that he husband had been for many years researching and writing about Hurstpierpoint as a village and that he would be the right person to tell us more about the Hannington fa mily. She gave us the na mes of Ian Neil her husband and the directions to their home which actually was a walking distance. We left the car in the parking yard of the Rectors residence and we walked to the place. We found that Mr. Neil was ust returning from walking his dog. This is a daily exercise for most Holy Trinity Church in Husrtpierpoint elderly or retirees to who could give us any keep healthy. Neil was very information about Hannington welcoming and informative. and his origins. Before we could I must say that it was this finish our explanation, there encounter with Neil that drove in also an equally elderly made the whole difference in our trip. lady. This man went to her and for a few minutes they talked a mong themselves. I guess he He gave us a brief history

Mr. Ian Neil and the writer in Hurstpierpoint

of the Church and the Hanningtons. Although, Bishop Ja mes Hannington had died more than 120 years ago, it seemed to me that no one in Uganda had really taken the effort to trace the village where this martyr ca me from. Now we were here in Hurstpierpoint and talking to a local historian confirming to us that Bishop Ja mes Hannington was born here. He told us some facts about the fa mily of Hannington and the church that Bishop Hanningtons father Charles Hannington built in the village in 1830s. When we explained to him that our additional interest apart from knowing the birth place of Bishop Hannington was to establish a relationship between the Christians in Hurstpeirpoint and those of the Bishop Hannington Church at Kyando, Mr. Neil advised us to go and meet one of the Church Wardens

The writer in front of the Holy Trinity church

The writer on the High Street in Hurstpierpoint

Mrs. Margaret Corey. Mrs. Corey together with another Christian had been designated by the Bishop of Chichester to care take the church in the interim since the Church Rector had retired and a new one has not been found to replace him. Mr. Neil also graciously gave us the directions to Mrs. Coreys home which is also a walking distance along the High street of this lovely town. It was so pleasing to walk on the street of this town. It was all neat and lovely. Although this town is said to have a population of not more than 5,000 people, it

has almost every a menity. On the sa me High Street, there is a cinema/theater hall, a pharmacy, clinic, grocery store, Attorneys cha mbers, Vet clinic, Eye care clinic shops etc Walking from across the Holy Trinity Church down the slope along the High Street to Mrs. Coreys home is a short distance. Now, more excited, we knocked at the door of the Church Warden. Please note that, we had not made any prior arrangements. We were not sure if we would find Mrs. Corey home, let alone even imagining what her reaction would be if she sees these two strangers standing at her door! We were now walking with hope and determination. At Mrs. Coreys mansionatte, Charles knocked at the door. There seemed not to be any sense whatsoever of presence of anybody at home. Many of our knockings went answered for about three minutes. Just about when we were giving up, we heard the thu mping

of staircase. Someone was descending down. It was Kevin, Margarets husband who opened and politely ushered us in upstairs in the sitting room. After exchanging pleasantries with Kevin, he quickly offered to let his wife Margaret know that we are around. Kevin is blind but it was so fascinating to watch and see how he worked the phone to communicate to his wife. After breaking the news about our visit, Kevin settled down to tell us about his visit to Uganda in 1979 during Prof. Y usuf Lules short lived regime. He had gone to Uganda as a consultant from the Oversees Blind Organizations to help with the training of trainers for the Brail learners. He told us of his good memories both in Uganda and Kenya where he had lived for some years. He offered to make us a cup of tea. This a mazed me knowing that he was blind. He indeed got the kettle on and the water started boiling. I will always be thankful to his kindness and hospitality.

In a few minutes Margaret was home and I think she ca me literally flying. Y ou could notice the urgency with which she ca me from large grin on her face that greeted us. She is a lovely kind lady. On seeing us, she sighed and smiled. She finished the process of making the tea that Kevin had started. There was nothing better to make us comfortable than this lovely cup of tea and snacks. Now it was time for us to explain to Margaret the reason for our trip and impromptu visit to her home. She was pleased to receive a delegation from Uganda and she was able to tell us more about the Hanningtons and the Church in Hurstpierpoint. We informed her that our major reason for the visit was to establish a collaborative relationship between the Christians in Hurstpierpoing and Kyando. We informed her about the forth coming pilgrimage and commemoration celebration due in October. Margaret was very receptive of our proposal and promised to

pass it on to the congregation. She advised that as a way to move this proposal forward, there is a need for a formal letter coming from the Church in Busoga to be written to the Bishop of Chichester (Overseeing Diocese), to which we concurred. Noticing our interest too, to visit the birth home of Bishop Hannington, Margaret gladly offered to take and show us the house in which Ja mes

Hannington was born in 1847 . In my mind, I had somehow a vision of a small English cottage of the 18th Century probably dilapidated, bushy and abandoned or even haunted right now. This was also again in a walking distance. She led the way down the High Street and down a few meters around the corner was this big white house called St. George House. As we approached the gate, she announced to us that this is Bishop Hanningtons birth place. I could not believe my eyes and ears! All of a sudden my hu mble soul had reached and was standing here and about to even enter the house in which Saint Bishop Ja mes Hannington was born! I thought to myself, who a m I to have come here! To me this was simply a pilgrimage to Hanningtons birth place and I will forever treasure each moment I was in Mrs. Margaret Carey and the writer in her Hurtpierpoint town. house in


I could not believe my eyes to preserve its architecture and and ears! All of a sudden exterior. The property today from my hu mble soul had reached outside looks exactly the sa me and was standing here and who am I to have come here! about to even enter the house To me this was simply a in which Saint Bishop Ja mes pilgrimage to Hanningtons Hannington was born! I regretted why I had not carried a camera with me to capture these memorable moments. But Charles as always was there handy with his HTC phone taking some snaps wherever he could. We were told that this three floor mansion, built by Ja mes Hanningtons father Col. Charles Hannington in 1830s has served as a fa mily home for the Hanningtons till in early 1980s when it was turned briefly into a nursing home for the elderly. Then for a nu mber of years it stayed somehow abandoned. There was evencontemplation of demolishing it, but the local council wishing to preserve its historical importance reinstated till recently when it was sold to a private developer who agreed

birth place and I will forever treasure each moment I was in Hurstpierpoint town.

as it was in the 1830s except for the interior which has been adapted for apartments. Inside the mansion we were able to get a few aerial pictures depicting the majesty and scope of this house.
The writer standing right behind a signboard on St. George House in Hurstpierpoint

From here, our guide Margaret led us through St. George Lane

to the St. George Chapel which is just a stone away from St. George House. This is the church was built in 1842 by Colonel Charles Hannington,

second Anglican Church in the Parish. We were informed that it was in this church that Ja mes Hannington was consecrated as Bishop just before he left on his missionary work to Africa. So you can see my friends, that this was a sentimental trip for me. Unfortunately, we could not be able to go inside the church because we were told that it had been disposed off. We were informed that as the Hannington fa mily dwindled in nu mber over years so did

A picture of the St. George House taken in the early 1930s Aerial view of the St. George House as it looked in early 1930

Bishop Ja mes Hanningtons the members of this church. father. Thereby it beca me the In fact, we were informed that

Mrs. Margaret Carey and I trying to get access to St. George Chapel

Unfortunate as this situation may be, I a m at least glad that I was able to see the church from which this martyr of faith originated. From here, we headed for the Holy Trinity Church the Parish church where Margaret is the warden. This is the original church in which the Hannington fa mily used to congregate before Charles decided to build St. George Chapel. This is the church in which all historical and canonical regalia from St. George Chapel were

one of the last nieces of Bishop Ja mes Hannington a lady called Elizabeth passed away some 8 years aged 90 years old. We were also told that because the main Parish church, Holy Trinity Church could no longer afford to maintain both churches a decision was made to decommission and dispose of the St. George Chapel. In 2012, the church was sold to a private developer who plans to turn into residences.

Holy Trinity Church

transferred when the chapel This Victorian era church is a was closed down last year. master piece that has been preserved over centuries. In here we were able to see the Although it has recently plaques that had been made undergone refurbishment, the as dedication to the genealogy original historical architecture of Hannington starting has been maintained. We with George Hannington were informed that this church the grandfather of Bishop has an average attendance of Hannington to Lt. Rigby 200 believers but this nu mber Hannington who was the surges during festive seasons. grandson of Bishop Ja mes From this memorable Hannington. It is indeed a experience of the martyrs trail in Hurstpierpoint, we were now ready to return to Crawley. But before our departure, Margaret didnt want to let us go before she could i nt rod u ce us to this towns ce nt u ry s l o n g hist o rica l h e rit a g e. As we wa lk ed historical lineage of faithful who along the road to the Rectory served beyond self. where we had left our vehicle, Margaret beckoned us to a

small park which houses the towns history. Here we were able to see some seven miniature bronze risen sculptures of people all arranged in a ring. She told us that each of these seven figurines represent a

who is also happens to be a resident of Hurstpierpoint is said to have created each figure to depict the kind of dressing that was in vogue at the specific century period that each figure represents. This means that this town has been celebrating this historical heritage for 700 years. What an innovative way of preserving history! We drove back to Crowley hu mbled and yet inspired by what we had experienced in Hurstpierpoint. Something that had seemed impossible to achieve, had been accomplished in a one day trip. But most importantly I was hu mbled by the realization that At the Children of Fair sculpture although Bishop century when the Children life Hanningtons na me and style has been celebrated in martyrdom is well known in Hurstpierpoint. This festival the Church in Uganda, little is is called St. Lawrence Fair, actually known of this person. Children of the Fair festival. For instance, it was on this trip The sculptor, Sylvia Thornhill to Hurstpierpoint that I was

able to discover that Bishop Ja mes Hannington had been declared a Martyr and Saint in the Church of England by Resolution 79 of the La mbeth Conference of 1958. We were also able to know that he had a son. We were able to find out that by the time Ja mes Hannington made his first trip to East Africa as a missionary, he left at home a son called Edward Ja mes Meopha mHannington. This son born in 1877 was only 8 years old at the time Bishop Hannington left on his missionary journey. Edward Ja mes Meopha m was later to follow in the footsteps of his father. He beca me a Reverend in the church and ca me to Uganda on missionary work where he served from 1903 till 1920. He returned to UK and died in 1950. Another yet interesting discovery on this trip was that Bishop Ja mes Hannington had a grandson called Ja mes Rigby Hannington by his son Rev. Edward Ja mes Hannington. Ja mes Rigby Hannington born

in 1908 beca me a soldier in the British army rising to the rank of 2nd Lt and served in the Malaya where he died on January 3rd 1942 at the age of 34 years. We were also informed that Bishop Hanningtons father Charles Hannington had been a military man of the rank of a Colonel in the British army. Apart from that, Charles was one of the well to do individuals in West Sussex during the Victorian era. He operated the first and successful departmental store in Brighton. Probably this would well explain the luxury and affluence exhibited by the mansion that he was able to build in the early years of the 18th century

o from the above account of Bishop Hanningtons life and origins, we can conclude that, here is a man who was from a wealthy family with authority, but who gave up all that in humility to come to Africa and to Uganda in particular to preach the good news of salvation.

Even when he fell sick on his first journey and he was taken back to Hurstpierpoint, immediately after his treatment he was determined than ever before to return to his missionary work in East Africa. The life he lived in the wilderness of Africa and particularly at Kyando is a clear manifestation of sacrifice and selflessness for the sake of conquering many for Jesus Christ. During his last days while being held in captivity at Kyando, Bishop Hannington wrote this in his journal I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood It is this statement that has humbled me as I have been on this trip to find the origins of Bishop Hannington. I pray that the road to Uganda and other parts of the world for the good news will never be closed.

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Bugaya Buloopa Mbulamuti Balawoli Kitayundhwa Kitayundhwa Kitayundhwa Kitayundhwa Kidera Kidera Nkondo Kamuli Town Council Namwendwa

Buyende East Bugabula South Buzaaya Bugabula North Bugabula South Bugabula South Bugabula South Bugabula South Buyende West Buyende West Buyende West Bugabula North Bugabula South


Rev. Elijah Lyakota Rev. James Makoli Rev. Charles Matege Rev. David Isabirye Rev. Moses Binyweera Rev. Emmanuel Mugabi Kiyunga Ven. Rev. Charles Wamukolo Rev. Moses Waiswa Rev. Samuel Mugaya Ven. Rev. PatrickMutalwa Rev. Moses John Isabirye Rev. John Makonzi Rev. James Mukungi

Kisozi Bugeywa Luzinga Kasozi Bugulumbya Kasambira

Kisozi Butansi Wankole Namasagali Bugulumbya Bugulumbya

Buzaaya Bugabula South Buzaaya Bugabula North Kagoma Buzaaya Buzaaya


Luuka Town Council


Nawansega Ikumbya Budhabangula Nakabaale Nawanyago Waibuga

Bukooma Ikumbya Luuka Town Council Irongo Irongo Waibuga

Luuka Luuka Luuka Luuka Luuka Luuka

Rev. Ronald Bernard K. Talibita Rev. Gilbert Kibwika

Busalaamu Bukanga

Waibuga Bukanga

Luuka Luuka

Rev. David Kisawuzi Rev. Robert Mubibi Rev. James Ivaibi

Buwologoma Nawambwa Nakabugu

Bukanga Nawampiti Bulongo

Luuka Luuka Luuka


Ven.Rev Patrick Mutalwa. Ord. LastoneBagaga. Rev. AMunoniBaliraine Rev. RobinahBamuleseyo Ven. Rev. Patrick Mutalwa Rev. Abel WankumaKibedei Rev. Christopher Mwanda

All Saints Iganga


Kigulu South

Nabitende Buseesa Bukoteka Bunyiiro

Nabitende Ibulanku Ibulanku Nawanhinhi

Kigulu North Bugweri Bugweri Kigulu South



Kigulu North


Rev. Florence Joy Mwami Rev. Augustine Kiregeya Ord. Michael Musasizi Rev. KefaDdembe

Nakalama Nasuuti Nakigo Kalalu

Nakalama Nambaale Nakigo Buyanga

Kigulu South Kigulu North Kigulu South Bugweri

Rev. Fredrick Galimu Rev. Patrick Kemba Rev. Daniel Token Wejjuli Kaliro Ven. Rev. James KisigeIbanda Rev. KosamuTuliraba Ven. Rev. James KisigeIbanda Rev. Peter Nantamu Rev. Charles Tirubuza Rev. Fredrick Galimu Ven. Rev. James KisigeIbanda Rev. AggreyWakabi Rev AggreyWakabi Rev. Mrs. Harriet Rose Mukooba Namutumba Ven. Rev. John W. T. Bamugemereire Rev. Patrick NaguyoMugaya Rev. James Elkanah G. Waibi Ven. Rev. John W. T. Bamugemereire Rev. Alex Bagoole

Kawete Bulyansime Igamba

Namungalwe Igombe Iganga Town Council

Kigulu North Bugweri Iganga Municipality

Kaliro Bulumba Nabigwali Gadumire Buyuge Namwiwa Namukooge Nawaikoke Nwampiti Nansoloolo Namutumba

Kaliro Town Council Bumanya Bumanya Gadumire Gadumire Namwiwa Namugongo Nawaikoke Nawaikoke Nawaikoke Namutumba Town Council Ivukula Nsiinze BuyangaBugweri Namutumba Rural

Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Bulamogi Busiki

Ivukula Buwongo Bumoozi Kigalama

Busiki Busiki Busiki Busiki

Rev. Moses Mugolo




Rev. George W. I .Mpande Rev. Wilson Kaidhigha Rev. Samuel M.Tigawalana Rev. Moses Kabeeka




Nsoola Bulange Bugobi

Magada Bulange Bulange

Busiki Busiki Busiki



Ven. Rev. Peter Onyango Rev. Timuseewo Waata



Bukooli South

Rev. Denis WasswaMaliro Rev. Wilberforce Nalodha Rev. Richard Grace Mukaya Ven.Rev. Peter Onyango Ven. Rev. Peter Onyango

Buswaale Magooli Lubango Sigulu Islands Lolwe

Buswaale Banda Mutumba Sigulu Lolwe

Bukooli South Bukooli South Bukooli South Sigulu Island Sigulu Island

1. Jinja Archdeaconry 2. Bugiri Archdeaconry 3. Kyando Archdeacory 4. Kamuli Archdeacory 5. Kiyunga Archdeacory 6. Iganga Archdeacory 7. Kaliro Archdeacory 8. Namutumba Archdeacory 9. Lwangosia Archdeacory

20 Parishes 13 Parishes 15 Parishes 25 Parishes 12 Parishes 13 Parishes 10 Parishes 10 Parishes 06 Parishes


N. B. There are 1400 Churches in Busoga Diocese, 124 Parishes & 1 Cathedral Deanery

Clergy on special duties:-

Rev. David Kaluya - Diocesan Secretary Rev. James Kivunike, Diocesan Mission Coordinator and Bishops Chaplain Rev. Chris Yona Kyewe Executive Director Family Life Education Programme (FLEP), Diocesan Health Coordinator and Bishops Chaplain Rev. Davidson Lubuulwa Waiswa, Diocesan Education Coordinator/ Chaplain as show below Rev. Benon K. Waluube, Lands and Estates Officer Rev. George W. I.Mpande Principal Bishop Hannington Theological College Rev. Canon Daniel Kizza Bishop Hannington Theological College(Teaching & Training Lay readers)


1. Rev. Irene Namazzi 2. Rev. Rachael Margaret Mukyala 3. Rev. Zebion Jesse 4. Rev. Davidson Lubuulwa Waiswa Wanyange & Mwiri Boys P/S 5. Rev. Moses Waiswa Ivumbi 6. Rev. Hannington Gwebawaira 7. Rev. Joseph Kintu Kamuli 8. Rev. Kezekiya Yung St John Wakitaka S.S 9. Ord. Samson Basoome 10. Rev. Michael Nabiso Musomoka 11. Rev. Joseph Kintu & Mwiri Boys P/

- Wanyange Girls S.S - Busoga University - Bishop Wills P.T.C - Jinja P.T.C - Bugiri Hospital - Kirinya Prisons - Busoga High School - Kiira College Butiki & - Nkuutu Memorial S.S - Kidera S.S - Busoga College Mwiri


Bishop Hannington The Trail

Mwanga II of Buganda, the missionary was imprisoned by Chief Luba of Busoga. King Mwanga Ugandas Christian Martyrs of Namugongo are known and celebrated for their unwavering loyalty and personal life sacrifice for the Christian faith. However, little has been said of the first Uganda Christian Martyr, Bishop James Hannington. An Anglican Missionary from the Church Missionary Society in Britain, James Hannington arrived in Uganda in early October 1885 at a place called Kyando - Bukaleba in the current day Mayuge District in Southwestern part of Busoga province. Together with his team of porters, Bishop Hannington safely reached a spot near Victoria Nyanza called Kyando on 21st October 1885, but his arrival had not gone unnoticed, and under the orders of King After eight days of captivity, by order from King Mwanga II, Hanningtons porters were killed, and on 29th October 1885, Hannington himself was speared in both sides. As he died, his alleged last words to the soldiers who killed him were: Go, tell Mwanga I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood. Kyando village in Mayuge District located some 42km from Jinja would not have been any different from the usual rural villages of Uganda. However, Kyandos life was transformed forever by the arrival by Bishop James Hannington and the incidents that followed thereafter. Like other fellow Missionaries


who came to Uganda and other parts of Africa, Bishop Hannington also came to Ugandan with the intention of spreading Christianity. Bishop Hannington came to Africa in two (2) phases. In the first phase, he came and first settled in Kenya at a place called Mumyansi. Hereafter, he moved to Uganda and settled in

gave him 50 men to escort him to Buganda where his fellow missionaries were staying. It was easier for him to use this familiar route since he had already made friendly contacts with the various local chiefs along the route.

Bishop Hannington and his men moved along the shores of L. Victoria. When they were moving, they reached at a place called Kigwisa (Bukaleba parish) in Bunya where they found people and Bishop Hannington preached to them about Christianity and scores joined Bishop Hannington became used a rock as a pulpit Christians. While staying at Kigwisa on his Bukooli (now Bugiri District) evangelism mission in the year at a place called Namakoko. 1885, he saw two hills Mawuta When he was here, he fell sick and Kyando near each other. (developed diarrhea). The then the Chief of Bukooli gave In the same year Bishop him helpers who carried him Hannington accompanied on a stretcher to Kenya then transported him back to Britain by his local supporters, left Kigwisa village and went on to for treatment. settled at Kyando hill. He stayed When he recovered, he came back to Uganda again via Kenya here with his followers for sometime while preaching the and Bukooli at Namakoko word of God. where the Chief of Bukooli


Here at Kyando, Hannington found a number of rocks whose formation offered a better convenient living for him and his porters than what had been at Kigwisa. Here he had a cave that he used as his bedroom and another cave which he used as his resting room during the day. Also here he found a stunning formation of rocks piled on top of another to form a perfect preaching pulpit in this rather far off grassland of Bunya. As he scouted around his new settlement, he was also to discover a spring that became his fountain of water. This spring was to be drinking source for the local Chief Luba whose palace at Mawuta hill was not far from Bishop Hanningtons residence at Kyando. Kyando and particularly the rocks at this spot were thus to become an evangelism place for many months as many locals continued to come from all around and far villages to hear and awe at this white mans preaching. One day when Bishop Hannington had gone to drink

water from the well (Lubas pot) a cattle herdsman spotted him at the well. Freighted by what he had encountered, the herdsman went and reported to Chief Luba that he had seen an abnormal thing in form of a person taking water from Chief Lubas pot. Chief Luba sent his men to see who was living on the Kyando hill. His men saw Bishop Hannington and then they reported back to him. When Chief Luba realized that there was unknown person, he sent the information to Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda. This was because Kabaka Mwanga was the one who sent Chief Luba in the East to guard his rear because Kabaka Mwanga had a belief that someone who was going to overthrow him was going to come from the East. This notion had been inculcated in Kabaka Mwanga by his earlier Arab visitors who had a rivalry with the Europeans as they scrambled for new areas of faith influence in Africa.

It is reported that when Kabaka Mwanga received the


information he was obviously perturbed and he instructed the messengers to go and tell Chief Luba to kill the invading stranger Mugende mumutte. However, the real intention of this instruction has been contested since in has differing meaning in Lusoga and Luganda. The messengers brought the message back to Chief Luba who accordingly ordered his men to kill Bishop Hannington. Consequently Bishop Hannington with forty nine (49) of his men out of the fifty (50) he came with from Bukooli was killed. It is reported that before killing him, Bishop Hannington was given a number of trials and punishments to try to prove if he was sent to Kyando by God. The only one person who survived escaped and went to Bukooli chiefdom. He took the information and it spread to Kenya, Buganda and Britain. The Missionaries who were in Buganda went to Kyando and exhumed the body that had been buried in a nearby

bush. They took the body to Namirembe where he was buried briefly sometime and thereafter the remains were taken to Kenya then back to Britain. To the present day at Kyando are the caves, rocks and the well that formed part of Bishop James Hanningtons life in Busoga. In commemoration of this evangelist, a church has been built at Kyando. The stone on which Hanninton was murdered has been preserved and a shrine built to house this precious cornerstone in Christian faith in Uganda. The torture stone on which Bishop Hannington was given

several trials is preserved to commemorate the suffering that this martyr had to endure in demonstrating his firm belief


in the sanctity of his faith. To celebrate and remember the sacrifice that Bishop Hannington made to bring good and salvation news to Uganda, the Anglican Church both in Uganda and England particularly in Hove his hometown, annually celebrate 29th October the day when he was killed. In Uganda these celebrations are marked by a pilgrimage to Kyando the spot where the Bishop met his tragic death. This is a day considered as an opportunity

of recollection of Hanningtons life and at the same time a day for Christians to reaffirm their unwavering faith. It is not only his death that is intriguiging, but also his life in the Busoga wilderness offers a fascinating story to all who come face to face with his life experience on his missionary journey to Africa. It is this fascinating experience that we wish to present to you in the Bishop Hannington Trail

The Hannington Trail

It is this present day Kyando village that forms the center stage of Bishop Hannington Trail to which every visitor will have an opportunity of not only listening to the moving and yet apologetic account of these sad events by the descendants of Chief Luba about Bishop Hanningtons death, but also experience in vivid recreation of the daily life that this missionary lived while at Kyando. You will be able to visit and get the real feel of Hanningtons bedroom the cave where he slept, his library the cave from where he used to read his Bible, his preaching pulpit the stones from which he taught the locals about Christian faith and even be able to drink from the blessed well, which was Bishop Hannington source of water. As mentioned above in the account of Hanningtons death, the experience of the visit to Kyando can never be complete without


visiting Chief Lubas palace on Mawuta hill located some 2km away from Kyando hill. Although, currently the palace is abandoned and in ruins, the visitor will not fail to notice and appreciate the significance of its royalty and extent of influence this chiefdom had in the region. Chief Luba was from Buganda Kingdom sent by Kabaka Mwanga to come and settle in the East. The intention of sending Chief Luba to the East was to guard the Buganda Kingdoms backyard. This was because Kabaka Mwanga knew that the person who was going to overthrow him was going to come from the East. Chief Luba had two (2) sons namely Mukajanga Yokana and Munulo whom he came with from Buganda. He lived on Mawuta hill and Kyando controlling and ruling the Eastern region. He was to be inducted by the Arabs slave traders who had been frequenting his palace into the slave trade business. On this Hannington trail as you trace the life of Chief Luba, you will be able to visit Walumbe village in Bukaleba to see the spot that was the staging point for the slaves en-route to Europe. The visitor will be able to see the man-made caves and trenches that acted as holding prison for the slaves. You will also see the ruins of what is left of the bridge across Lake Victoria that the Nubian slaves had attempted to build after the famous Nubian mutiny against incarceration as prisoners of war in 1884. You will also be able to visit the burial places of Chief Luba and his sons at Bukomye and Bukonge. This is trail will be a mixture of discovering Busogas historical rather unknown heritage while at the same time experiencing the life long journey and death of Ugandas first Christian martyr. Your experience will be memorable!










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