Only 500 cleared to attend Archbishop Lwanga burial

Cyprian Kizito's body being wheeled to Kololo Independence Grounds on Tuesday

Cyprian Kizito's body being wheeled to Kololo Independence Grounds on Tuesday

Only 500 people will be allowed to attend the funeral ceremony of the late Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga scheduled for today Thursday.

According to Fr. Nicholas Mulumba, the head of communication at Kampala Archdiocese, a few people have been selected to attend the requiem mass and burial at Rubaga Cathedral. Fr. Mulumba said the sendoff will follow the ministry of Health guidelines to avoid the further spread of the disease.

Addressing reporters in a joint press briefing by the Catholic Church and security at the Central police station in Kampala, Mulumba said that the Church and other authorities have selected only 500 people, mostly priests and Christians who had a special attachment to the late archbishop. Lwanga who died in his sleep last Saturday will be buried inside the cathedral at 2 pm.

“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 and the civil authority to represent all of us," Mulumba said.

Meanwhile Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson says that police will deploy both covert and overt personnel to guarantee safety and strict adherence to COVID-19 standard operating procedures including social distance, wearing of masks and sanitizing.

He explains that there will be traffic diversions on several roads and junctions leading to the cathedral. According to police, 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 to motorists. No bodabodas will be allowed beyond the cut off points.

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