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Archbishop Jonah Lwanga’s body arrives at ahead of Monday burial

Archbishop Jonah Lwanga's body arrives. Courtesy Photo

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The body of the deceased Orthodox Church Archbishop, H.E Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga has finally arrived in the country after days of waiting.

Lwanga, former head of the Orthodox Church in Uganda died in Greece at the beginning of this month after reportedly losing the battle to cancer.

His body arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Saturday morning around 5 am aboard an Egypt Air jet MS837 and was received by members of the Orthodox Church and other clerics. Also at the airport was the Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa and Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka.

Burial Program

According to the burial program, the church will conduct the last funeral rites for the deceased at the Orthodox Cathedral in Namungoona starting at 10 am on Saturday followed by speeches from different dignitaries, politicians and government officials.

Saturday speeches will end with the remarks of the Nairobi Archbishop, His Eminence Makarios Tillyrides.

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Tillyrides was recently appointed by the headquarters of the Orthodox Church in Africa as the caretaker of the Holy Metropolis of Kampala following Archbishop Lwanga’s demise.

The same will continue the entire Sunday with the holy liturgy and orthoros, signing of the condolence book and another public viewing.

Lwanga’s burial will take place on Monday at 4 pm at Namungoona Cathedral grounds where the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Museveni will be the chief mourner.

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