There was a time when the Old Budonians Club had among its offices a position of Historian. The last holder of that position, so far as I can remember, was the Late Mr. Ernest K.Kayima, former Ssabalangira of Buganda.But he was more concerned with the history of the school than that of the Old Students Club.
Furthermore, Mr.Kayima kept whatever he had recorded to himself and with him. So when he died the history he had recorded must have died with him. What follows in the paragraphs below is more in the nature of recollections of an Old Budonian of 70 years standing than a History as such. It is hope, however, that when a proper History comes to be written, some of the following recollections might be found useful. The Old Budonians Club started in the same way as all the other Old Boys clubs of the day. The former students of a school simply referred to themselves as Old Boys (or Old Girls in the case of Gayaza or Mengo) or in brief as OBS or OGs (it was OMs for Makerere).So did the Old Budonians.
The Budo OBs surfaced shortly after the first batch of King’s School Budo Students had completed their stipulated THREE years at Budo. This must have been around 1909. The principal activity of the firstBudo Old Boys was to return to the old hill once every year and enjoy their annual evening meal, which was known as SUPPER. They did not go to the hill for a meeting. If they met, which they must have done, it was incidental. As the number of Budo leavers rose, a football team was started, Football practices took place regularly at the ‘Coronation Ground” at the Old Kampala (the present Old Kampala Senior Secondary School Sports Ground). The transformation of “Budo Obs” into the “United Budonians Club” came soon after 1927, following the move of the Mengo High School from Namirembe to Budo Hill. This was described as joining Mengo High School with King’s School Budo, resulting into what we now know as King’s College Budo. This featwas initiated and accomplished by none than our famous former Headmaster, the Late Rev.Canon. H,M Grace, also known as Emperor, Muleefu,Kalondoozi and Kabona. What had been Mengo High School became Budo Junior School and was housed in Chwa1 and Chwa 11, the present Ghana and Canada houses respectively. It was also known as the “Lower School”, while the rest of the school was known as the “Upper School”.
Further innovations were effected.Firstly, the badge of King’s School Budo, the lion, was joined but that of Mengo High School to produce the present school crest of King’s College Budo. Secondly, it was decided that now that Mengo High School had been joined with Budo, the Mengo High School graduands at Budo were Old Budonians, defacto. This status was extended to the 1927 Old Boys of Mengo High School as well, and they were designated as Old Budonians, (of status of illegitimate child after parents have taken marriage vows).The result was the formation of a new club which united the OB’s of Budo and those of Mengo High School including those who had never set foot at Budo.
And it was dubbed the “United Old Budonians Club”. What was done provoked a great uproar particularly among the Budo Obs of 1909 to 1926 and of later years as well.“How can a person who has never set foot on Budo hill, let alone even reached as close to the hill as Kasenge Village be called an Old Budonian?”they angrily queried.Since they were not satisfied with the answers from the supporters of the joint venture, they decided to opt out of the new Club. They argued that having worked so hard to get to Budo and earned the status of Budonian through sweat, they could not dream of sharing the annual SUPPER function with those never set foot on the hill. Some of the Old Budonians who held that view which I am able to recollect are:
- Samson Sebana, father of Mrs. Sarah Mugerwa.
- Yakabo Kasumba, father of Dr. Stanley Kasumba at Lubaga Road.
- Nekkemeya Ssebuliba, father of Catherine Ssebuliba formerly of Bank of Uganda. There were many others but their names have escaped me (ganebya/ ganeerabidde!) Some of the names of Mengo High School Obs who gained membership of the United Old Budonians Club by the “Joint Venture” process, which I am able to recollect are:
- Ssendagala Ssendikwanawa – son of Mukwenda and father of Mrs. Joanita Kagimu.
- Stanley Kitaka Kisingiri – Of Kabakanjagala Road.
- Biyimbwa Mukasa – Of Luwafu Salaama Road and Bulindo, Kyaddondo.
- Eryesa Kutuza – Dimmock Kalemba’s Brother, of Mpereerwe, Kyaddondo.
- Christopher M.S Kisosonkole – Grand father of SsabasajjaRonald Mutebi 11 There were quite a few others whose names have escaped my memory. Before the Club House was built, formal meetings to transact business, if any, must have been held at Budo on the annual SUPPER day.
The Club was functioning properly with hard- working Secretaries. Some of these were: Isaac Bagenda (grand father of Ms.Mary Nantume Bagenda of Radio Uganda); Christopher M.S Kisosonkole; Sam Mulinde (John Nagenda’s Uncle and father of the late Kiberu, Express F.C Coach). Football was the main activity which brought the members of the United Old Budonians Club together.
They put together a formidable team. On several occasions, they won the Kabaka’s Cup which was competed for on a knock out basis; and they also excelled in the Wardle’s cup tournament which was organised on a points system. This latter, was the parent of all football tournaments organised on the league system. As mentioned before, regular football practices were held at the “Coronation Ground” at Old Kampala.
The following were some of the Old Budonians who used to practice football at Old Kampala in those days:
- Matiya Wamala – Dr.George Ssali’s father (of Namirembe).
- Serwano W. Kulubya – father of F. Nalima Kulubya, and former Omuwanika of Buganda, and first African Mayor of Kampala.
- Clement Katongole – Uncle of Ssekabaka Sir Edward Muteesa 11.
- Ernest Sserebe – Sir Apolo Kaggwa’s son.
- Dimmock Kalembe – Former Private Secretary to Ssekabaka Sir Daudi Chwa 11. Lyon Nsubuga Kawologoma – father of Mrs. Mary Kiggundu Principal Private Secretary to Ssabasajja Ronald Mutebi 11.
- Erisa Nkoyoyo – father of His Grace the most Rev. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
- Yafesi B. Sempa- father of Justice E.S Lugayizi.
- Kayobyo and his brother Mpalanyi- both goal keepers.
- Eriya Paulo Lwasa Kayizzi- Ssekabaka Sir Edward Muteesa 11’s Uncle.
- John Barlow- father of all the Barlow: Henry and Hugo, Winnie and others.
- Sewannyana- Mengo Lukiiko Land Officer.
- Seppiriya Lwebuga Kayizzibrother of Eriya Paulo L. Kayizzi (this is the only one member of the above soccer players still living as I write these recollections) The above are some of the football players of 1925 to 1935.They were joined by the younger blood of Old Budonians like Ephraim H. Kamanyi (father of Dan, William and other Kamanyis); The Rev. Canon Polycarp K.Kakooza ( still living, at Kabowa);
- Thomas Makumbi (father of Patrick Makumbi former town clerk of Kampala City Council, still living in London most of the time).
- Christopher K. Nabongo – still living at Lukuli.
And many others who would make the list too long for these brief recollections. Whenever the Old Budonians were to play in a match in Kampala they would send to the School a covered truck to carry as many juniors boysas could fill up the truck, to cheer the Old Boys’ team by shouting, ‘Budo!’ ‘Budo’!! at the very top of their voices throughout the duration of the match! I always looked forward to these trips into town during my junior School years, i.e. 1929 and 1930. Our cheering used to make such a great impact that more often than not the Budonians’ team finished victorious. The Old Budonians’ football colours before 1927 were large red and white shirts whereas the School colours were red and white small striped long sleeved jerseys. After 1927 the United Old Budonians team took over what used to be the Mengo High School Colours which were large red and black shirts.The School now abandoned their original red and white jerseys and took over what was the United Old Budonians’ large red and white shirt. When the Kabaka’s Cup tournament started, both the School and the OBs fielded their two separate teams. The School did win the cup a number of times, so did the OBs. But later when the competing teams in the country became less school based, and teams like the Public Works, Department. (PWD or Piida); the Entebbe Government Printing Press (Puleesi); Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours (Leerwe) and a few others tended to be taking over the tournament, the players happened to be big men. Rough play cropped up into the game, and so the Budo School team with less developed muscles left the competition to the Old Boys. Other schools in the country followed suit.