Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has this Easter Monday, April 5, convened a meeting of several senior ministers to plan and coordinate with the Catholic Church and the family, the arrangements for the burial of the late Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who died on April 3, 2021.
The meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister was attended by Hon Esther Mbayo, Minister for the Presidency, Hon Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Gen Elly Tumwine, Minister for Security, Hon Wilson Muruli Mukasa, Minister for Public Service, Hon Gen Jeje Odongo, Minister for Internal Affairs and Hon Judith Nabakooba, Minister for Information and National Guidance.
Others include Hon Dr JC Muyingo, Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu Minister of State for Health, Hon Fr Lokodo, Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Hon David Karubanga, Minister for State for Public Service and Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs.
Dr John Mitala, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet as well Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services, also attended the meeting.
The meeting first recieved an update from a team of three ministers – Dr JC Muyingo, Hon Nakiwala Kiyingi and Dr Joyce Moriko Kaduchu who have been attending meetings with the church and family on behalf of Government.
The Prime Minister informed the meeting that after the tragic news of the death of Archbishop Kizito Lwanga was recieved, President Yoweri Museveni “expressed his condolences to the church, the family and the country, and directed that the late be accorded an Official Burial.”
Museveni consequently asked the Prime Minister to coordinate the arrangements closely with the Church and family.
An official burial involves the Government working closely with the church and family and meeting costs of burial arrangements.
It also includes paying tribute during a sitting of Parliament.
However, it doesn’t imply a public holiday as some social media reports indicated.
A series of events to send off the late Archbishop Kizito Lwanga are being planned at Rubaga Cathedral, Kololo Independence Grounds, Uganda Martyrs Shrines Namugongo and Kyabakadde.
The Office of the Prime Minister said details of these will be communicated in due course.
“A key feature, the meeting noted, is the need to manage the expected large numbers, consistent with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) combat the spread of Covid 19,” said Julius Mucunguzi, Head of Communications OPM.
Dr Charles Ssekitoleko who is also the Archdiocesan Health Coordinator of the Kampala Archdiocese told mourners this afternoon that Dr Lwanga had died of a condition known as “Ischemic Heart Disease”.
The death he said, followed a coronary artery thrombosis.
“This means a heart attack that is due to a blood clot that was found in the artery that supplies blood to the heat,” he said.