The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, UPDF has revealed that only Uganda Broadcasting Corporation will be allowed access to the burial ceremony of fallen Soldier Maj Gen (Rtd) Kasirye Gwanga tomorrow.
Gwanga who died on Tuesday morning at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala, will be laid to rest on Friday 12th June in a scientific burial at 10:00am, at Nkene village Busujju County in Mityana dictrict.
For many years after his retirement from the army, General Gwanga has been a sweetheart to the media, giving papers, TV stations great headlines. From burning tractors, to shooting people’s cars and shooting at people, he was a no nonsense man.
But as many media houses were planning to have their teams of reporters on ground to cover his burial tomorrow, the Defence spokesperson Brig. Richard Keremire announced that this will not be possible.
Only a few family members will be allowed at the burial and UPDF officers. Along the way, people will not be allowed to converge by the roadside to watch the convoy carrying his remains. All these are meant to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus that hit the country in March.
“For our partners in the media, we know 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 sending him off. Regrettably, the current restrictions cannot allow this” Karemire said.
He added that only UBC will be accredited to air live the burial ceremony and the rest can get the feed from it. For print, only New Vision will be allowed to cover the ceremony.
“We have in addition setup a platform to live stream the burial ceremony in order to be able to follow the proceedings on Facebook and YouTube. This will especially enable participation of family and friends abroad” he added.