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Church expects 500 mourners at deceased Archbishop’s burial

The Catholic church is expecting only 500 mourners to attend the burial ceremony of the deceased Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga that is set for this Thursday.

According to the head of communication for the Kampala Archdiocese, Rev.Fr. Nicholas Mulumba, only 500 invited guests are expected to attend the burial ceremony.

Mulumba also said whereas they would have loved everyone to attend the burial ceremony, the number has been limited so as to allowfor the implementation of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“We know every person has the right to mourn the dead and no one can take away that right in whatever circumstance but we want to put a note that there are some people who were selected carefully by both the catholic church authority and the civil authority to represent all of us now that we are in this period of the Covid pandemic.”

“We expect a few selected members to attend the function. It is not because they hold positions in any way but simply because they are Christians and have special attachment to the late Archbishop.”

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said there will be strict adherence to Covid-19 SOPs including social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing.

“We urge the invited guests to come wearing masks. The church has provided sanitisers at the entrance and each person should ensure they sanitize before accessing the premises,” Owoyesigyire stated.

He however urged other members of the public who have not been invited not to try and find their way to the burial place but to follow proceedings from social media and other media outlets.

Owoyesigyire also said there will be traffic diversions on several roads and junctions leading to the Rubaga Cathedral. Traffic at Nabunya junction, Kabuusu roundabout and Rubaga hospital at Mutesa road will be diverted whereas Rubaga road leading to the cathedral will be restricted from motorists.

“Motorists with stickers will access the cathedral rom Kabuusu roundabout via Stensera road road and Mugwanya road via Mutesa road respectively. No boda bodas will be allowed beyond our cut off points,”Owoyesigyire said.

Archbishop Lwanga, 68 was on Saturday morning found dead in his room and the postmortem done by Mulago national referral hospital indicated that he had died of a heart attack caused by a blood clot.

Lwanga is set to be buried inside Rubaga Cathedral.

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