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Archbishop Jonah Lwanga To Be Buried On Monday

Archbishop Jonah Lwanga To Be Buried On Monday

The late Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga is set to be laid to rest on Monday next week according to an announcement by the Orthodox Church. Sylvester Kisitu, the Gulu and Eastern Uganda Orthodox Bishop made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday.

According to Bishop Kisitu, Lwanga’s body will arrive in the country from Greece on Saturday morning. He confirmed that they will conduct the last funeral rites for the deceased at the orthodox cathedral in Namungoona.

The farewell ceremony for the deceased will commence at 10 am on Saturday followed by speeches from different dignitaries. The same will continue the entire Sunday.

Burial will then take place on Monday at 4pm at Namungoona cathedral grounds. Baryomunsi said the Ugandan government has been in touch with the Greek government and the hospital to ensure the smooth return of Lwanga’s body.

‘’I affirm to you that the remains of the archbishop will be at Entebbe at exactly 3:20 am on Saturday. As I speak now the plane with the body is already at the airport in Greece and the plane shall leave Thursday at exactly 1:20 pm through Cairo then Entebbe,’’ he said.

He further disclosed that due to Covid-19 containment measures and SOPs, the body shall not lie in state. He added that they will allow only a minimum number of mourners to pay their last respects to the deceased.

Baryomunsi said there is no cause for alarm and encouraged them to unite as Ugandans. He said this is because the archbishop has been for the whole nation and not only the Orthodox Church.

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