Gatabi Family also known as Abayangwe is a prominent group of Bahinda mostly established in South- Western Uganda and other parts of Uganda.
This is a clan highly associated with the Bachwezi.
After the Chwezi empire disintegrated in the late 15th century, Ruhinda who was the son of Omugabe Wamara had his biological mother called Njunaki daughter of Katuku (Omuyangwe)

The Bahinda clan who are the rulers of Ankole are descendants of Ruhinda. He is Ruhinda because he had a black mark (Ekibibi) on his face. Most Gatabi clan have this black mark on some part of their body.

The origin is from Wamara who produced Ruhinda with Njunaki (muyangwe) who was daughter of Katuku. From here, that's how Gatabi clan evolved. Gatarangyi is our well recognised ancestor who produced Tashururwa, then Tashururwa produced Bikonya who also produced Turyabimanya and the rest as shown in the family tree.
The name Gatabi comes from the first two letters of Gatarangyi, Tashururwa and Bikonya. GA,TA,BI)

The Gatabi are the Bahinda who are referred to as Abahinda Abatukura Amaisho aba Kagarama. These kept the Royal drums (Bagyendanwa). While in Kagarama, they continued to distinguish themselves from others who were claiming to be Bahinda.

They took the name Abayangwe since it was the clan of the woman who produced Ruhinda with king Wamara where the Bahinda originated.

The father of Njunaki called Katuku who kept the Royal drums Bagyendanwa was a muyangwe and the reason Abayangwe are highly associated with Kings (Abagabe ba Ankole).

Bayangwe  were charged with many roles in Ankole Kingdom including but not limited to;

  • Crowning kings
  • Burying kings
  • Getting wives for Kings
  • Controlled visitations to the kings
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  • GATABI FAMILY STATISTICS AS OF 15TH AUGUST 2018 EXTRACTED FROM GATABI FAMILY DATABASE.

    PART 1

  • The total number of people in Gatabi family database (includes all those born in the family and females that have produced children for Gatabi family (married in) that are alive or dead) is 766 people consisting of 455 females and 311 males
  • The total number of people BORN IN GATABI FAMILY (includes both males and females) is 598 people.
  • The total number of people married in Gatabi family is 168
  • The total number of MALES born in Gatabi family is 311 males.
  • The total number of females born in Gatabi family is 287 females.
  • There are 24 more males than females born in Gatabi family
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    PART 2

  • The total number of females married in Gatabi family officially and those that have produced children for Gatabi family is 168 females
  • 7. The total number of people in Gatabi family that are live (this includes both people born in clan and those married in Gatabi family or have produced children for Gatabi family) is 602 people.

    8. The total number of people born in Gatabi family and are live is 489 people.

    9. The total number of females married officially in Gatabi family or have produced children for Gatabi family and are live is 113 females.

    10. The total number of people that died (includes both Born in Gatabi family and those married in or have produced children for Gatabi family is 164 people.

    11. The total number of people born in Gatabi family that died (this includes both males and females) is 109 people.

    12. The total number of females that were officially married or produced children for Gatabi family and died is 55 females.

     

    PART 3

    13. The total number of people born in Gatabi family that are single (this includes people not officially married or have not produced children) is 319 people.

    14. The total number of males in Gatabi family that are single is 179 males.

    15. The total number of females born in Gatabi family that are single (not officially married or not given birth) is 140 females.

    PART 4

    16. The total number of males in Gatabi family that have produced children either by being officially married or not officially married is 132 males

    17. The total number of females born in Gatabi family that have given birth by officially being married or not is 149 females.

    18. The total number of males born in Gatabi family that have produced children from more than one woman is 32 males.

    19. The oldest woman married in Gatabi family and died is the wife of Gatarangyi whose names couldn't be gotten.

    20. The oldest woman married in Gatabi family and is still living is Bagyenyi Seperanza (the wife of late Tibazimura Posiano ) currently living in Kibweera Isingiro district.

    21. The youngest person born in Gatabi family is 1 months and a half old and is called Ainomugisha Mary Ambrose who is the daughter Mr. Musinguzi Ambrose currently living in Tanzania.

    22. The oldest person Born in clan and is still living is Mr. Binyenda Eric who is 92 years and currently lives in Bwizibwera.

    NOTE:

    1. For continuation, representatives from particular families will be chosen to keep providing information in case someone is born, dies or otherwise such that database keeps up to date and accurate.

    2. The family database and website shall be launched when the family meets at the home of Captain Terman Tashururwa Kachemba on date that shall be communicated.

    3. We thank everyone for cooperation and good will. Allow me to thank the following people in particular who put in an extra effort to make sure the database and website become a success and stay well maintained;

  • Dr. Nathan Tumwesigye
  • Col Bedda Tumushabe
  • Captain Terman Tashururwa Kachemba
  • Mr. Aggrey Akankwatsa Kalindiriza
  • Eng. Manuel, Eng. Muhumuza
  • Hon Anthony Rutahwaire
  • 4. We thank all informers who helped to provided information both from Kampala, isingiro and all over.

     

    Compiled by Ivan Muhwezi

 

Many details are found in the short book untitled "Guide Into The Origin and Significance Of Bayangwe  People in Ankole Region" by Ivan Muhwezi. Click the button below to download.

 

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Gatarangyi

This is the oldest ancestor in GATABI FAMILY

Gatarangyi's wife

Tashururwa

Tashururwa's wife

Bikonya

Bikonya s wife

Turyabimanya

Turyabimanya s wife