Jewish Abayudaya Jews of Uganda-Putti Jews Community in Mbale District: Jewish people/community in Ugandan known as (Abayudaya ) in some parts of Uganda when you talk about Jews or Jewish many people in the villages of Uganda will not know what you are meaning but when you say Abayudaya that’s when people may understand you, Jewish people (Abyudaya) as it called in Uganda there are not many in Uganda and the majority of Jewish people lives in Mbale District in Eastern Uganda more especially in Putti area.
The Jewish (Abayudaya) Community in Uganda comes out of one of these dissenting communities which were founder by Semei Kakungulu, and it came from the part of the church initially because of a personal quarrel with the British.
Kakungulu is one of the people in Uganda’s history as one of the successful military people in the Buganda region because he was one of the major military and political figures in Buganda and Uganda.
Uganda Jews (Abayudaya) is a group of Jewish people who believers that were brought to Judaism with their leader called Semei Kakangulu, here in Uganda Jewish are few so one can become a Jew by choice.
In the early 1980s in Uganda being Jewish (Abayudaya) it was illegal because President Idi Amin did not like it and he ordered all Jews to convert to Islam or Christianity up to 1986 when President Museveni took power and brought back freedom of religion and warship and Jews were declared free and started rebuilding their Jewish community in Uganda.