19th and 20th centuries
Church of Uganda (Anglican)
Daudi Kasigano was the son of Kaihura, chief of Bunyaruguru, an almost independent principality until the advent of British rule, although paying tribute to the Mugabe of Ankole. On Kaihura’s death in 1901 Kasigano succeeded him, becoming saza chief. He was baptized on July 14, 1903, and it was hoped that with a Christian chief, the encouraging work at Kasinga would really prosper. (Kaihura had put many obstacles in the way of his people learning). However, he got into trouble with the British for becoming involved with the Belgians in frontier disputes. When one of the Mugabe’s askaris was killed in 1906 he fled to Belgian territory and was dismissed. For a while the saza was put under Mbaguta. In 1907 he seems to have returned, for when the people of Bunyaruguru rose in revolt against the Baganda chiefs who were abusing their power, he was leader of the revolt. He then lived in Toro for many years, returning to live near Kyagaju about 1920, but taking no active part in affairs.
Notes (short form; see List of Sources for complete citations):
- Willis Journal, August 24, 1902.
- Willis Journal, May 2, 1902 and June 22, 1901; Ankole Baptism Register.
- Morris, 1962, p. 40.
- Kamugungunu, 1965.
- Nicolet, 1947, p. 18.
- Kamugungunu, 1965.
This biography, written by Louise Pirouet, was included in “Appendix A: Biographical Notes,” on page 401 of “The Expansion of the Church of Uganda (N.A.C.) from Buganda into Northern and Western Uganda between 1891 and 1914, with Special Reference to the work of African Teachers and Evangelists” (PhD Thesis: University of East Africa, 1968). Pirouet published this thesis as Black Evangelists (London: Rex Collings, 1978). However, Black Evangelists does not reproduce the detailed biographies, complete with references to sources, found in Appendix A of the thesis. Print copies are available at Africana Section, Makerere University Library (U 02 P57); The Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Cambridge; and a microfilm copy at the School of Oriental Studies, London. [information from Angus Crichton]