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Sheik Rashid Bajaruta, the chairperson of Acholi Muslim Cemetery Committee, says the exercise will last one and half month. He says the relics are being buried in mass graves of between 20 to 30 bodies at Lawiye Adul village in Bungatira.

Muslims have started relocating the remains of their loved one from the cemetery in Gulu town. The exercise will see the relocation of remains from 320 graves at Nakasero Village to Lawiye Adul village in Laliya Parish in Bungatira Sub County.
 

Muslims surrendered the cemetery to Gulu Municipal council to pave way for the construction of Keyo Road, a new street connecting Acholi and Cemetery Roads. George Labeja, the Mayor Gulu Municipality, says the exercise will cost Shillings 68 million including compensating the affected families.
 
 
He says the exercise commenced on Wednesday with fencing the area to protect the public from disturbance. Labeja says traffic flows over some graves underneath Acholi Road, the highway to Pece Division that will also need to be excavated. 
 

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Sheik Ismael Ali Omona, the Imam of Jamia Mosque in Gulu town, says they have managed to open and relocate 16 graves to the new two-hectare cemetery at Lawiye Adul village. 

 
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Ibrahim Abdu Okwir, an elder in Acholi Muslim district, says the graves are being exhumed under strict religious practices. Okwir explains that they have also restricted the exhumation to emotional family members. 

 
At the time URN visited the site, no family member had turned up to witness the exhumation. The exercise is being undertaken by a group of dedicated Muslim faithfuls being paid Shillings 35,000 each day. 

 
Sheik Rashid Bajaruta, the chairperson of Acholi Muslim Cemetery Committee, says the exercise will last one and half month. He says the relics are being buried in mass graves of between 20 to 30 bodies at Lawiye Adul village in Bungatira.

 
According to Sheik Majuruta, families are at liberty to take remains of their loved ones to family and alternative cemeteries. Uganda Muslim Supreme Council opened the cemetery to the public in 1972 during the reign of President Idi Amin. It was majorly used by Indians in the region to bury their loved ones.