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UPDF Announces ‘Scientific Burial’ for Kasirye Ggwanga

A small number of people will be allowed at the funeral of departed Maj Gen (Rtd) Kasirye Ggwanga to prevent further spread of COVID-19, Chimp Corps report.

“It will be a scientific burial with a very limited number of participants comprising mostly of family members,” said Defence spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire on Thursday.

“This is in line with the preventive guidelines from government, as we deal with the COVID19 Pandemic which Gen Kasirye fearlessly fought in Mityana during his last days. The UPDF will be there to enforce them supported by other security agencies,” he emphasised.

Ggwanga, a controversial figure who fought in a war that toppled ex-president Milton Obote, passed away on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at Nakasero Hospital after an illness.

Karemire said arrangements to give Gen Kasirye Ggwanga a befitting send-off were in advanced stages.

Burial will take place at 10:00am on Friday, June 12, 2020, at Nkene Village, Busujju County in Mityana District.

The deceased had a huge fan base.

Karemire said UPDF is setting up a platform to live stream the burial ceremony “in order to be able to follow the proceedings on Facebook and YouTube. This will especially enable the participation of family and friends abroad.”

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“We do not expect any gatherings or crowds along the way. This would contravene the rules on social distance and congestion,” he emphasised.

The army also restricted media access to the funeral ceremony, saying only New Vision and UBC will be allowed to cover the event.

“For our partners in the media, we know very well you all have been active covering the life of our departed General and more lots has been written after he breathed his last on Tuesday. He, many times, gave you interesting headlines and so you would wish to be part of those to send him off,” said Karemire.

“Regrettably, the current restrictions cannot allow this. It would exponentially increase the numbers. You have, in the last three months, been on the frontline sensitizing the population against COVID-19 and this is yet another occasion to show commitment to the messages we have been passing on to the population. Therefore, to minimize on numbers, only UBC has been accredited to air live the burial ceremony and the rest can get the feed from it. The New Vision will represent the print media. We have worked out how you can get footage for your stories. This is the extent you will be represented. The country continues to focus on saving lives of Ugandans by defeating the Coronavirus.”

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