Lubaga (often miss-spelt as Rubaga) is a hill in Uganda’s capital city Kampala. It is located at a distance of about 3 km from Kampala’s central business district.
Bordered by Busega & Lungujja in the west & Mengo in the east, Lubaga Hill is one of the seven hills on which the city of Kampala today stands.
The Lubaga Hill gets its name from the Luganda word “okubaga” meaning “to plan”. The history of the hill dates back to the 1700’s. Legends suggest that the hill was the place where the nineteenth Kabaka of Buganda, Kabaka Ndawula Nsobya had his palace & capital from 1724 until 1734. The palace was used mainly by Buganda’s generals for planning military expeditions. In the late 1800’s however, the palace caught fire & thereafter it was abandoned.
Later in 1879, the Catholic White Fathers came calling & were allotted lands on the Lubaga Hill where a cathedral was built by them during 1914 – 1925. An interesting legend goes behind the present name of this cathedral. It is said that the early missionaries had problems pronouncing the correct name of the cathedral i.e. Lubaga. Instead, they pronounced the word with an “r” & called it “Rubaga Cathedral” & this is the name that continues to be used.
Today, Lubaga Hill is known worldwide as the seat of the Catholic Church in Uganda. On one side of the hill is the residence of the cardinal & on the opposite side is the Rubaga Hospital. The Catholic Mission located on Lubaga Hill holds the precious remains of the first African Catholic Bishop & the Cardinal.