Media has been restricted to just the state media – UBC TV and New Vision for print.
“It will be a scientific burial with a very limited number of participants comprising mostly of family member…This is in line with the preventive guidelines from government, as we dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic which Gen Kasirye fearlessly fought in Mityana during his last days.” Brig Gen Richard Karemire, Defence spokesperson.said
”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. Regrettably, the current restrictions cannot allow this. It would exponentially increase the numbers.” he added.
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Karemire urged the private media houses to pick footage from UBC and New Vision and the public to follow proceedings from the UPDF’s social media channels.
Only 40 people will be allowed to attend the funeral of the late Maj Gen Samuel Wasswa Kasirye Ggwanga in Mityana. Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) has announced the restrictions citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Kasirye breathed his last at Nakasero hospital on Tuesday morning where he was in intensive care and is set to be buried tomorrow Friday at Nkene village in Busunju in Mityana district.
According to UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, the mourners with comprise a sizable number of family members and military officials who will be named to avoid crowding at the burial site.
Akiiki explains that the UPDF medical service team has taken over the burial grounds to ensure compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures such as hand sanitizing, social distancing and wearing of face masks.