Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Pontian Ngondwe was a Muganda by tribe from Kyaggwe county and of White Egret (Nnyonyi) clan -Bubulcus Lucidus. His father was Birenge and mother Mukoomulwanyi (Buffalo Clan).

Ngondwe was a page of King Muteesa I and a palace guard of King Mwanga II.

He was baptized on 17th November 1885 by Pere Giraud. Pere Giraud gave him the name of Pontian, in honour of the martyred Pope whose feast occurred two days later, 19th November. He was speared to death a number of times by chief executioner, Mukaajanga. His head was cut off by the executioner, Ssittankya and other executioners hacked his body to pieces, which they scattered all over the place. He died on the evening of Wednesday 26th May 1886 at Ttaka Jjunge, near Munyonyo at the age of between 35 and 40.

Ngondwe is the patron of soldiers, policemen and militia.

Monument built where St. Pontian was killed

Status: Saint
Age: 35 to 40 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Kyaggwe
Occupation: Palace guard
Baptism Date: 17/11/1885
Baptised By: Pere Giraud
Martyrdom Date: 26/05/1886
Martyrdom Place: Ttaka Jjunge, near Munyonyo
Manner of martyrdom: Speared and hacked to pieces
Patronages: Soldiers, Policemen and Militia
St. Pontaianus Ngondwe, faithful soldier, longing for the martyr's crown; obtain for us the grace to be always faithful to our duty.

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