Rev. Canon Yoeri Buningwire was a Muhima who in December 1899 was present at the interview between Bishop Tucker, Dr. Cook and the mugabe, as a result of which teachers were finally able to enter the country. He also remembers the previous two groups of teachers who had tried to stay in Ankole but failed. He was baptized in 1903 and confirmed the following year. He was one of the first group in Ankole to volunteer as teachers, and went to Ibanda where he had to work under Muslim saza chief, Abdul Asiz Balwadde. He succeeded in getting on with him and working together with him for the suppression of witchcraft. He then taught in Kashari. He did some of his training as a teacher at Kabarole where Hana Kageye looked after him like a mother. In 1916 he was ordained deacon and in 1918 priest. He then worked at Ibanda for two years, followed by two years at Kabale when that was first made a mission station. Since then he has worked at Mbarara. In 1942 he was made a Canon of Namirembe Cathedral.
Notes(short form; see List of Sources for complete citations):
Based on his own information.
This biography, written by Louise Pirouet, was included in “Appendix A: Biographical Notes,” on page 377 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]