Police, military, and other security forces have deployed heavily at St Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga ahead of tomorrow’s burial of Kampala’s fallen Archbishop, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the deployment of foot patrollers in the area as well as health personnel and ambulances from police and the church in case of any health emergency.
Owosyesigire says the security team deployed in the area and its outskirts will be manning up to three check points to ensure that guests are not carrying unauthorized items and compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines.
“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.
The church has provided sanitizers at the entrance and each person should ensure that they sanitise before accessing the church premises,” said Owoyesigire in a short presser.
“The faithful are urged to come with only items that are not a danger to others.”
The burial of the former Catholic Church Archbishop is expected to be attended by a few selected persons due to lack of space given the rules of social distancing.
Meanwhile, Police has also confirmed that a number of roads leading to the Cathedral will be blocked in due course.
The traffic diversions according to the police mouthpiece will be 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,” the Kampala police spokesperson added.
“All 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.”
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga succumbed to a heart attack on Friday evening according to postmortem results.