The Martyrs of Uganda

The Martyrs of Uganda (RC Charles Lwanga and Companions) –

Charles Lwanga & his companions were a group of Roman Catholics & Anglicans murdered by Mwanga II, the King of Buganda, between 1885 & 1887.These deaths were part of a three-way religious struggle for political control. Although the Anglicans were not canonized in the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope did mention them. 22 of the martyrs were Roman Catholics & were canonized in 1964.

In 1877, the Church Missionary Society in London had sent Protestant missionaries to the court, followed two years later by the French Catholic White Fathers. These two competed with each other and the Zanzibar-based Muslim traders for converts and influence. By the mid-1880s, many members of the Buganda court had converted and become proxies for the religious and nationalist conflict being played out in the court. Kabaka Mwanga II, upon his ascension to the throne, attempted to destroy the foreign influences he felt threatened the Buganda state, but was instead deposed by armed converts in 1888.

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