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Police fires teargas to disperse mourners in Rukiga

RUKIGA-The Police in Rukiga District have on Wednesday morning July 1st 2020 used tear gas to disperse mourners who turned up for the burial ceremony of Muganda Kurineriyo that was held at Rugarama Village, Bukinda sub county in Rukiga district.

On March 18th 2020, as part of the measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, the President Yoweri Museveni banned all public gatherings of more than five people. The gatherings include sports events, funerals and Church congregations.

However, hundreds of mourners today turned up for the burial of Kurineriyo and only washed their hands but did not adhere to physical distancing and wearing of face masks.

The Officer In-charge of Bukida Police Station, Paul Bwambale said that they gave the mourners guidelines to follow but they refused, forcing police to fire tear gas with intent to scatter the crowd.

police dispersing mourners

After the mourners were dispersed, the burial ceremony began but the mourners returned shortly after.

The LC Chairperson of Ayubu Sebowa said that despite the ban on public gatherings, many people turned up for the burial because the deceased was a loving and trustworthy person in the area who was loved by the entire community.

Presiding over the burial ceremony, the Assistant Pastor of Bukida parish in Kabale diocese Rev. Fr. Mark Masaba implored the public to respect the guidelines by President Museveni and the Ministry of health aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The Rukiga District Woman Member of Parliament, Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi eulogised the deceased as a hard working, loving and neutral person.  She also asked political leaders to lead by example and avoid dividing voters especially as we approach the forthcoming general elections.

 Kurineriyo who has been the Rugarama Village Secretary was on Sunday evening found dead in bed. He is survived by a wife, six children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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