King's College Budo

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King's College Budo
Coordinates0°15′24″N 32°29′12″E / 0.25667°N 32.48667°E / 0.25667; 32.48667Coordinates: 0°15′24″N 32°29′12″E / 0.25667°N 32.48667°E / 0.25667; 32.48667
TypeSecondary School
MottoGakyali Mabaga
(So little done, So much more to do)
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
FounderHenry Walter Weatherhead
HeadmasterJohn Fred Kazibwe
Number of studentsc. 1,600
Houses7 for boys (Canada, England, Ghana, Mutesa, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria), 2 for girls (Sabaganzi, Grace)
Colour(s)Red and White
Sportsrugby, cricket, football, track, tennis, swimming, volleyball, hockey, basketball, golf, and baseball
RivalsNamilyango College, St. Mary's College Kisubi
PublicationThe Budonian
AlumniOld Budonians

King’s College Budo is a mixed, residential, secondary school in Central Uganda (Buganda).


The school is located on Naggalabi Hill, in southern Wakiso District, off the Kampala-Masaka Road. This location lies approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), by road, southwest of the central business district of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[1]


The school was officially opened on 29 March 1906 with 21 boys. It was founded by His Majesty's Acting Commissioner of the Uganda Protectorate, George Wilson and the Church Missionary Society. It is one of the oldest schools in Uganda. The land on which it was built on was donated by the Kabaka of Buganda. The school was originally started a boys only school for the sons of chiefs and kings. In 1934 girls were also admitted making it a mixed-sex education school.[2]

The school has benefited from the support of Monkton Combe School in England. During the service of thanksgiving for Monkton Combe School's centenary held at St Paul's Cathedral in London in May 1968, the money donated during the collection was used to found several Monkton Combe scholarships at King's College.[3]

In late March 1979, the college staff evacuated the students and the remaining civilian population of Budo hill due to the Uganda–Tanzania War. The Libyan Armed Forces, allied with the Uganda Army at the time, subsequently set up camp at the facility. Soon after, the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) and Ugandan rebels attacked and overran the camp[4] as part of Operation Dada Idi.[5] About two dozen Libyans were killed and buried at a nearby mass grave.[4]

The TPDF consequently used the King's College Budo as base, and when it was reopened in June 1979, the students coexisted with the Tanzanian soldiers until the latter withdrew from Uganda.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Budo are known as Old Budonians. Old Budonians have distinguished themselves in service to Uganda and Buganda Kingdom.




Diplomats and Civil Service[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Road Distance Between Kampala And Buddo With Map
  2. ^ Africa's 50 Oldest Schools Archived 2007-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Monkton Combe School archives
  4. ^ a b c "When Gaddafi sent desert commandos to fight in tropical Masaka". Daily Monitor. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ "How Mbarara, Kampala fell to Tanzanian army". Daily Monitor. 27 April 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Looking back on Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi's illustrious career". NTV Uganda. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • McGregor, G. P. "King's College Budo: the First Sixty Years." Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 1967
  • Summers, Carol: "Subterranean Evil" and "Tumultuous Riot" in Buganda: Authority and Alienation at King's College, Budo 1942." Journal of African History vol 47 number 1 2006 pages 93-113. Also reproduced at:
  • Kipkorir, B.E. "Replica of an English School: Kings College, Budo," East Africa Journal, Nairobi, November 1967 pages 34–35
  • Kayondo, Edward, Who Is Who From Budo, 1906-2006 (Kampala, 2006) OL16281638M
  • McGregor, Gordon P., The History Of King's College Budo, Uganda; In Relation To The Development Of Education In Uganda (Kampala, University Of East Africa Press, 1965)
  • McGregor, Gordon P., King's College Budo: The First Sixty Years (Nairobi, Oxford University Press, 1967) OL20750999M
  • McGregor, Gordon P., King's College Budo 1906-2006: A Centenary History (Kampala, Fountain Publishers, 2006) ISBN 9970025449
  • Shin, Andrew: "Locating King’s College Budo: A study of Politics and Relationships in Colonial Buganda". A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the Department of History, University of Michigan, USA, 1 April 2015.
  • About King's College, Budo.

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