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Kiza, Gabulieri and Loi

Anglican Communion (Church of Uganda)


Gabulieri Kiza was baptized by the Rev. T. R. Buckley on October 31, 1897.[1] In 1898 he was elected a member of the Kabarole Church Council.[2] He was a gombolola chief in Kibale, but he temporarily gave this up to go to Ankole as a church teacher.[3] He was found to be a much better teacher than most of the Baganda being sent to Ankole at this time.[4] On his return to Toro he continued to work as a gombolola chief, and after a time was transferred to Burahya.[5] He and Petero Tigwezire at one time wanted to be ordained but Blackledge would not accept them because they would not entirely give up drinking.[6] He later became an over-strict disciplinarian, and his children had to be taken into boarding school for their own protection.[7] His wife, Loi, was also trained as a teacher, receiving her letter in July 1903, after which she taught for two or three years at Kabarole.[8]

Louise Pirouet**

Notes(short form; see List of Sources for complete citations):

  1. Kabarole Baptism Register.

  2. Kabarole Church Council Minutes, December 31, 1898.

  3. Balya, 1966.

  4. Willis Journal, April 27, 1902.

  5. Balya, 1966.

  6. Byabusakuzi, 1966.

  7. Schofield, 1967.

  8. [omitted]

This biography, written by Louise Pirouet, was included in “Appendix A: Biographical Notes,” on page 406 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]