Only 500 mourners to attend Lwanga burial

Only 500 people will be allowed to attend the funeral ceremony of the late Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga tomorrow, the Church has announced.  

According to Fr. Nicholas Mulumba, the head of communication at Kampala Archdiocese, a few people have been selected to attend the mass and burial at the Lubaga cathedral on Thursday.

Addressing a joint press conference by the archdiocese and the security at Kampala central police station, Fr. Mulumba said that the church has decided to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines on curtailing the spread of Covid-19.

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.

“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.


Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson said 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 said that there will be traffic diversions on several roads and junctions leading to Lubaga cathedral. 

Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga breathed his last on Saturday morning as a result of heart complications.       

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