Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta is a Muganda by tribe. Though his county of origin is unknown, his father was Kafeero Kabalu Sebaggala and his mother Namukwaya (Buffalo Clan) Bazzekuketta was of Vervet Monkey (Nkima) clan -Cercopithecus Aethiopis Centralis.

He was a page under both king Muteesa I and Mwanga II and was in charge of King Mwanga's treasury.

He was baptized on 16 November 1885 by Pere Lourdel. On their way to Namugongo for execution, the prisoners (Martyrs) reached Nakivubo and Mukaajanga, the chief execitioner asked who among them would volunteer to be killed where their leader, Balikuddembe was killed. Bazzekuketta eagerly volunteered. He was at once speared to death and hacked to pieces. His last breathe was on morning Thursday 27th May 1886 when he was about 20 years of age.

Bazzekuketta is the patron of treasurers, banks and co-operatives.

Monument built where Bazzekuketta was murdered

Status: Saint
Age: about 20 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Unknown
Occupation: Page under Kabaka Muteesa and Mwanga
Baptism Date: 16/11/1885
Baptised By: Pere Lourdel
Martyrdom Date: 27/05/1886
Martyrdom Place: Nakivubo,
Manner of martyrdom: Hacked to pieces at Nakivubo
Patronages: Treasurers, Banks and Co-operatives
St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta, faithful steward of the royal treasury; obtain for us a spirit of responsibility.

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