It is over a century ago since the 45 Anglican and Roman Catholic Uganda Martyrs were killed and some burnt by the then reigning Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1887. The cause for their death has caused numerous discussions among the scholars of history and the masses across the world. Focusing on the day 3rd June, these Martyrs or the way they qualified to be called died for and in faith. Others sarcastically talk about the names of the victims which loosely translated were showing rebellion/ instigative (Balikuddenbe “they are at peace” Bazzekuketa “they have come to spy”, Buzabalyawo “ask those there”, Mawaggali “Big headed”, etc)
It is said that Mukaajanga (the chief execusioner) made preparations for the ceremonial opening of the death-march at Tabataba, now known as Ttaka Jjunge, about a mile from Munyonyo on the road to Mengo. At Ttaka Jjunge he ordered a drum call to be sounded which was taken up by all the drummers, produced a thrill of excitement and terror in the hearts of the hearers. This signaled the beginning of the execution.
Today all the places where the Uganda martyrs were tortured, speared, killed or butchered, have been gazetted as memorials which either fall under the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of Uganda.
Year after year, the masses have kept increasing with pilgrims trekking from all parts of Uganda, from Kenya, Tanzania to mention but a few and other board planes to get into the country and then walk to this site.
Sentenced from Munyonyo the Kabaka’s court they had to be taken to the place where they were to be killed they walked to Namugongo which is the same way the pilgrims try to portray at Namugongo the quintessence of the pilgrims was in those days the official place where executions were carried out. It is estimated that this year 2015 over three million pilgrims attended/ walked.