History March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am

For resisting colonial rule, the British exiled these African kings to Seychelles in the 1800s

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am

March 24, 2019 at 09:00 am | History

Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa

Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa – King of Buganda, Uganda

Mwanga II Mukasa was king of the Buganda Kingdom and ally of King Chwa II Kabelega of Bunyoro Kingdom. He was the 31st king of the small but strong Kingdom and was King from 1884 until 1897. He became king at the age of 16 in 1884 after the untimely death of his father.

During his reign, he resisted Christian missionaries and British rule and teamed up with his friend, Chwa II Kabalega of Bunyoro. Due to the weakening of his Kingdom, he was forced to sign a treaty with Lord Lugard which gave the British Empire control over trade, administration, justice and revenue.

The British Empire gained absolute control in 1893 after which Mwanga II declared war on the British Empire in 1897 to take back control, but was defeated and fled to German East Africa. From there he planned several attacks on the British.

The first Attack was in 1897 when he was defeated and he fled again. He returned to Buganda in 1898 with an army but was defeated again and finally captured in 1899 by the British.

He was exiled to Seychelles and died in 1903 after a short illness. In 1910, his body was repatriated and he was buried in Uganda.

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