St Denis Ssebuggwaawo (martyr) healing oil
St Denis Ssebuggwaawo born at Kigoloba in Bulemeezi County about the year 1870. His mother a Musoga who had carried off as a child by Nkalubo Ssebuggwawo. The martyr’s grandfather. When she grew up Nkalubo gave her to his son Kajansi. Who had nine children by her. Including three sets of twins. Here the rest of the children born. And here the young Ssebuggwawo and his twin brother Kajane grew up. Until, on the accession of Mwanga. They presented at Court by their fellow clansman, Mukasa the Chancellor. Who at the same time gave the Kabaka his own sons Mwafu and Kasamitala.
The four lads, as members of the privileged Musu Clan. Posted to the private section of the royal enclosure. Where they came under the immediate command of Joseph Mukasa the Majordomo. The Chancellor’s son Mwafu, a pretty boy. Quickly succumbed to the blandishments of his royal master. And became Mwanga’s favourite plaything. This fact revealed by Daudi Nyondo. Is of considerable significance. And is the essential clue for a proper understanding of the events of 25 May 1886.
Ssebuggwaawo and his twin brother became, under the guidance of Joseph Mukasa. Keen and zealous catechumens and amongst those instructed by Joseph in his hut, close to the Kabaka’s residence.
During his period at the palace, Kajane made desperate efforts to convert the Kabaka himself. As is clear from Mwanga’s own words quoted elsewhere and from Miti’s account of his arrest. The other twin, Ssebuggwaawo showed no less zeal. He proved an apt pupil, eagerly seized upon every opportunity for instruction. He tried to pass on to his companions whatever he had himself learnt.
Arrived at the Palace, he entered the enclosure by the rear gate and made his way to his own apartments.