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Anglican Church Takes Responsibility For Late Recognition of Female Martyr

Apart from the monument at the Martyr Museum, no other monument has been erected in the country in honor of Kalala. A total of 43 Anglican and Catholic Uganda martyrs were killed by King Mwanga II between January 27 and 31, 1885.
01 Jun 2017 15:12
A monument of Kalala at the Martyr Musuem at the Anglican Shrine

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The Anglican Church has taken full responsibility for the late recognition of Princess Catherine Nalumansi Kalala, the only female Martyr in the country.

 

Kalala is believed to have been killed in the early 1880s in Lubiri for her Anglican faith.  Despite this, little is known about Kalala.

 

Esau Bbosa, Assistant Vicar at the Namugongo Anglican Shrine and Supervisor of the Martyrs Day Celebrations, says Kalala was never recognised because of the laxity of the Anglican Church towards martyrs.

 

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According to Bbosa, Kalala was killed because she openly defied King Mwanga's behavior.  The Anglican Church erected a monument in memory of Kalala at the Core Site of the Martyrs Museum in 2013.

 

According to Bbosa, the church decided to construct a monument for Kalala along with all other Martyrs to highlight her death for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Bbosa says that the monument is visited by women whose faith is rekindled every time they see Kalala's monument.

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In addition to the Church's laxity, Bbosa says little is known about Kalala because of the patriarchal society back then, where only men were recognized.

Apart from the monument at the Martyr Museum, no other monument has been erected in the country in honor of Kalala. A total of 43 Anglican and Catholic Uganda martyrs were killed by King Mwanga II between January 27 and 31, 1885.

 

Scholars like Kevin Ward- in his book 'A History of Christianity in Uganda' and Marie de Kiewet- Hemphill – in his book 'The Christian Martyrs of Uganda' attribute the killings to the refusal of the Christian pages within Lubiri to participate in Mwanga's unnatural desires like homosexuality.

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