Police disperse mourners from a funeral in Lugari

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Few people remained at the burial

In a move to ensure the government’s directive to prevent the spread of Coronavirus by  avoiding crowding was observed, police officers stormed a burial service at Mufutu village in Lugari location, Lugari Sub County to enforce the law and dispersed hundreds of mourners who had defied the directive.

The mourners had gathered at the home of the late Leonida Miyawa to inter her remains when police officers from Lumakanda led by Lugari location Chief Mr. Evans Adavaji arrived and ordered the mourners to peacefully leave or be forcefully ejected from the compound.

The mourners obeyed the order and walked away with the officers allowing only a maximum of 25 people in the compound.

Those allowed to remain were strictly the biological children to the deceased, a few close relatives and Church of God pastors who led the service.

Police officers ensured that social distancing was strictly observed and the service doesn’t take long as required by the directives and it took less than one hour for Mama Leonida to be buried.

Speaking to West Media after the burial, Church of God pastors led by Willy Alukaya and Thaddeus Andalo said the church obeyed the law as directed by the government.

However the pastors said as a church they will continue praying to God to heal those diagnosed by the Coronavirus worldwide and also stop the spread of the deadly virus.

On his part Lugari location chief Evans Adavaji warned residents against flouting government directives in efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

“Let us strictly adhere to the government’s directives for the sake of our health and that of  our loved ones, this virus is real and we should stop joking around with it,” said Adavaji.

Chief Adavaji said that as an administration they were on look out, warning that anybody  who will be found ignoring the directives will face the full wrath of law for endangering his or her life and those that he or she comes in contact with.