Mukaajaanga’s Command Post
This is the house where the chief executioner called Mukaajaanga lived when he was in Namugongo on official duties.
In this house was his equipment such as the spears, swords, clubs sticks, harmers, axes drums, knives, ropes among other execution tools. Mukaajaanga also hosed his drinks (local brew) in this house.
Between Mukajanga’s house and “Ndazabazadde” tree, there was a place where Mukajanga’s men sharpened their swords or knives before they killed the prisoners.
This is where 5 – 6 men usually sat and sharpened and washed their knives, spears, harmers, axes and clean the clubs as a way of instilling fear into the Christian converts. It was also a way of teasing their victims who were awaiting execution.
This was a cell where the prisoners were kept until the time of execution came to pass. Some even died of hunger or thirst while in this prison. They always sat down with their legs stretched out tied together at the ankles to curtail movement.
In the prison, prisoners were tied with sticks around their legs, which made prospects of escaping hard.
Namugongo (Dragged by the Back)
This section dramatizes the genesis of the word Namugongo. Namugongo is derived from a Luganda word “Omugongo” or “backside of the human body.
The people or subjects were dragged on their backs by the royal guards, Mukaajaanga’s men, when there were on their dreadful journey to meet death at Namugongo.
Ndazabazadde (Torture Tree)
This is tree under which the prisoners were tied them tortured and at times dismembered with their eyes plucked out, fingers, legs, hands cut off and left to die slowly. The mothers of the victims taken for execution used to bravely follow and would lament, cry on seeing their children suffering and being tortured on this tree.
They would painfully cry out that “Endazabazadde zirabye, n’olumwa ng’ozaala, ate n’olaba omwanawo nga akaaba nga bamutta!” Literally meaning that mothers go through pain when giving birth and them feel the pain inside watching their sons suffering and brutally being killed on the dreaded tree. As a result of this, the dreaded torture tree was nicknamed Ndazabazadde.
This is a site showing a heap of firewood that was used to fuel the menacing burning pyre onto which the martyrs were put and burnt to ashes.
The Tomb Site
The martyrs church or chapel is where the remains and the bones of the martyrs were buried. A chapel was built at the site to commemorate the bravery of the Uganda martyrs.
The alter inside this chapel was built on the tomb in which the remains of the 25 Martyrs (13 Anglicans and 12 Catholics) were buried. This chapel has been well preserved with a roof built to protect the site from weather hazards.