The Kigezi Region Covid-19 taskforce has banned speeches and meals
at burials as a way of preventing public congregation. The ban was issued on Wednesday after a
meeting of security and health officials from the districts of Kabale, Rubanda,
Kisoro, Kanungu, and Rukiga.
Major General Francis Takirwa, the Western Region Covid-19 task
force chairperson and the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) Second Division
Commander said that the presidential directive that only 20 people should attend
burials is being abused due to the availability of food and drinks that attract
Takirwa also says that to prevent people from converging, the task
force has resolved that once a person dies, burial should be conducted
immediately. Takirwa says that there are no reasons to prepare meals and
drinks since the mourners are few and are only close relatives to the deceased.
//Cue in: “the members of…
Cue out: …difficult times.”//
//Cue in: “nkebyokuziika basharamu ngu….
Cue out: ….shaaha ibiri.”//
Elly Maate, Police Spokesperson for Kigezi Region says that the
meeting also resolved that the burial should not last for more than two hours. Maate
also says that all religious leaders have been advised that the prayers at the
burials should not go beyond mid-day.
Maate adds that anybody who will not adhere to the directives by
the task force will be arrested.
//Cue in: “we have said…
Cue out: …fighting it.”//
//Cue in: “aba family habwokuba…
Cue out: …kurwanisa entahurira.”//
Taskforce officials declined to reveal the updated Covid-19 status
(statistics) across the districts of Kigezi. Last week, the Kabale District
Covid-19 task force ordered all radio stations in Kabale to stop announcing the
date and time of burial while airing death announcements as a way of preventing
people from converging to mourn.