Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala, who died in his sleep on Saturday, aged 68, will be laid to rest today (Thursday, April, 8)
According to the programme the church issued on Monday, Lwanga will be laid to rest inside Lubaga Cathedral.
The requiem mass on Thursday will start at 10:00 am. It will be presided over by the reigning Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the Rt Rev Prof Joseph Antony Zziwa.
On Wednesday, Police and the Archdiocese of Kampala requested the faithful to participate in the burial ceremony remotely on television, radio, or through social media.
Police also issued traffic and security guidelines for the sendoff that is expected to start at 8:00 am. They also noted that they would have three checkpoints and all guests will be checked as they access the premises. There will also be foot patrollers in the area.
In a statement issued by Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire police noted that the burial will be attended by a few selected persons due to lack of space given the rules of social distancing.
“During the burial, we expect a good number of invited guests to attend the sendoff. Given the Covid-19 pandemic that is still affecting the country and the world, we urge the invited guests to follow Ministry of Health guidelines to control the spread of the Coronavirus. They should come wearing Face masks,” Owoyesigyire said.
He noted that the church has provided sanitisers at the entrance and each person should ensure that they sanitise before accessing the church premises.
“The faithful are urged to come with only items that are not a danger to others. We will also deploy health personnel equipped with enough ambulances from police and the church in case of any health emergency,” Owoyesigyire added.
Several roads around Rubaga will be closed off.
“There will be traffic diversions at Nabunya junction, Kabusu roundabout and Rubaga Hospital at Mutesa Road. Rubaga Road leading to the cathedral will be restricted from motorists. Motorists with stickers will access the cathedral from Kabuusu roundabout via Stensera Road and Mugwanya Road via Mutesa Road respectively,” he said
All Very Important Persons (VIPs) will access the cathedral through Kabusu roundabout to Stensera Road and park at Centenary Bank parking yard, Uganda Martyrs University, Social Centre.
“Those from Mutesa Road will park at Rubaga Girls School and Rubaga Hospital parking yard,” the Police publicist added.
He also said that all mourners will be screened by security and expected to comply with both health and security guidelines.
‘Only the invited guests with stickers will be allowed to park in the designated parking yards. No boda bodas will be allowed beyond our cut off points,’ he said.
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