On Wednesday, the interim Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, Monsignor Charles Kasibante directed all parishes in the archdiocese to hold simultaneous requiem masses when the burial will be going on at St Mary's Cathedral Lubaga.
Addressing reporters in a joint press briefing by the Catholic Church and security at the Central Police Station in Kampala this afternoon, Mulumba said that the Church and other authorities have selected only 500 people, mostly priests and Christians who had a special attachment to the late archbishop.
Speaking at Kololo Independence Grounds at the national day of mourning, Museveni said that it is difficult to understand how Lwanga could die of a condition that was well-known for long by his doctors.
Key among the celebrants at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe included the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, the Speaker of the Buganda Lukiiko, Patrick Luwagga Mugumbule and Rubaga Division Mayor, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebuggwawo.
According to SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health, all places of worships are expected to accommodate not more than 200 adult persons at a time. They are also expected to enforce washing hands, wearing face masks, social distancing, record the contacts of the worshipers and measure their temperature.
“The eight knights were supposed to be ordained by his Grace, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga today, but the almighty has called him. This has been postponed until another Sheppard, is given to us,” said Rev. Fr. Nteza during a mass on Easter Sunday.
Dr Lwanga had been expected to lead the Mass today as the Lubaga joined Christains across the world to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, at around 9am yesterday, he was found dead at his residence at Lubaga.
In his sermon, Bishop Luwalira questioned the continued evils in the country including corruption, hate, tribalism, unfairness, human rights abuses, brutality by security forces, selfishness, domestic violence and others despite the big number of Christians and the ever cropping church buildings in the country.
Sunday schools were closed nationwide as a means to forestall the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020. While churches were opened for worship last year, President Yoweri Museveni did not open Sunday school for children on the premise that they were not safe.
“The way of the cross ends not in death, but in the resurrection. Even in our shock and grief today over Archbishop Lwanga’s untimely death, we recognize that he continued his personal way of the cross last night until the fullness of resurrection which awaits all of us who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ,” said Kaziimba.
The death announcement comes just hours after the Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who doubled as the Chairperson of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) preached a message of hope for Uganda after jointly leading the Ecumenical Public Way of the Cross with his Anglican counterpart Dr Stephen Kaziimba at Namirembe on Friday.
Although there is no conclusive research, Mercy Kainobwisho, the Registrar General of URSB, says that the low registration of marriages among Muslims are informed by lack of sufficient knowledge on the matter and myths that mislead people to think that some marriages are not supposed to be registered by the government.
The Archbishops led Christians to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus by observing the Ecumenical Way of the Cross from the residence of Bishop Luwalira and around St. Paul’s Cathedral on Namirembe Hill. This journey is annually commemorated on Good Friday, a day observed during the Holy Week preceding Easter Sunday when Jesus resurrected.
The leaders including the Church of Uganda –COU Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira and others observed the Good Friday ritual at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.
Kasim Mwasa, the head of Research at Muslim Center for Justice and Law-MCJL, a Ugandan faith-based NGO dedicated to promoting and advancing Justice, Tolerance and Human Rights says that the Act doesn't take into consideration the interests and teachings of Muslims. Mwasa says Succession and specifically, inheritance are acts of worship in the Muslim faith, whose implementation is already stipulated in the Qur'an, the Muslim Supreme law.
The call comes amidst a pile of controversies surrounding the use of AstraZeneca, which was initially marketed as the vaccine for the world. The use of the vaccine has been suspended in a number of countries following multiple reports of blood clotting developing in people after vaccination. There have also been concerns over the efficacy of the vaccine in people aged above 65.
In a media statement, Ashiraf Zziwa, the acting Public Relations Officer, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC, says the Mufti has appointed Sheikh Badru Uzairu Wassajja and Sheikh Edris Songolo to replace Sheikh Bagunduse and Sheikh Ashiraf Kugonza in acting capacity respectively.