Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. James Buuzaabalyawo was a Muganda from Mawookota county. His father was Sebikejje but his mother is unknown. He was of Black and white Colubus Monkey (Ngeye) clan -Colobus Polykomos.

Buuzaabalyawo was the official keeper of the royal well (Kalindaluzzi) and second-in-command to Andrew Kaggwa, Bands Master General.

He was baptized on 15th November 1885 by Pere Giraud and was burnt alive in the Namugongo furnace on the Ascension Day, Thursday 3rd June 1886 at the age of between 25 and 30.

James Buuzabalyawo is the patron of Traders, Merchants and Co-operatives.

An artistic illustration of how St. Buuzaabalyawo and some other Martyrs were burnt alive

Status: Saint
Age: 25 to 30 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Mawokota
Occupation: Bandsman, second in command
Baptism Date: 15/11/1885
Baptised By: Pere Giraud
Martyrdom Date: 03/06/1886
Martyrdom Place: Namugongo,
Manner of martyrdom: Burnt to death
Patronages: Traders, Merchants and Co-operatives
St. James Buzaabalyawo, pray for us

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