Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe was the head of Catholic Church during the absence of Catholic Missionaries and a leader all Christians.
Balikuddembe was a Muganda by tribe from Mawookota county and of Giant Rat (Kayozi) clan -Cricetomys Emini Proparator. His father was Njuba-eseta and mother Kajwayo (Munyoro).
He was a page and personal attendant on King Muteesa I and Majordomo under King Mwanga II.
He was baptized on 30th April 1882 by Pere Lourdel.
Balikuddembe was the first Martyr to be killed on. He was beheaded and thrown onto a heap of burning firewood and burnt at Nakivubo, now St Balikuddembe Market (formerly known as Owino Market).
Balikuddembe is the patron of politicians and chiefs.
Other names: Batuuka, Lukajuju.
Altar at Balikuddembe's death spot where mass is celebrated