The Lusaka City Council (LCC) will soon initiate the process of reclaiming burial spaces that residents have reserved but not paid the annual reservation fees for.
With the bustling city of Lusaka grappling with a growing concern of a dwindling availability of burial spaces, an alarming rate of 1,000 burials per month and a projected estimation of 12,000 graves for the year 2023, LCC finds itself at a crossroads, prompting the exploration of innovative long-term solutions to address the issue.
As the demand for burial spaces continues to surge, the existing cemeteries are approaching their capacity limits. Families are left with limited options for laying their loved ones to rest, and the council’s decision to repossess unpaid reserved burial spaces reflects the urgency of the situation.
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, LCC public relations manager Chola Mwamba emphasized that the local authority is committed to finding sustainable solutions.
Yesterday, Mwamba stated in an official statement that the scarcity of burial space compelled the local authority to begin infilling existing burial spaces and utilizing pathways for interring the deceased.
“The council will take immediate action to reposes reserved burial spaces that have not been paid for to create as much as space as possible in all graveyards to allow the deceased to have their final resting place,” she said.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba August 30, 2023