LCC faces legal suit over Chingwere cemetery

A human right activist Christopher Shabalwa has threatened to take legal action against the Lusaka City Council (LCC) for its failure to address the shortage of burial grounds at Chingwere Cemetery.

But LCC public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda said finding land for another cemetery had proved a big challenge for the local authority as Lusaka had run out of suitable land for the purpose.

Mr Shabalwa said it was inhuman that people were digging up human bones as they prepared fresh graves for burial at the cemetery.

He maintained that LCC must attend to the burial ground crisis as quickly as possible because people burying their departed were being greatly inconvenienced by digging up human bones.

“It is not fair that all the time when there is an issue that required urgent attention, there is no action taken, and what we are seeing are statements that border on public relations when they are supposed to act promptly,” he said.

Mr Shabalwa said there was need to respect departed loved ones by ensuring that they were buried honourably.

Some Lusaka residents have complained that they have been accidentally unearthing human bones at various spots as they tried to dig fresh graves at Chingwere cemetery.

Mr Mulunda said several locations have in the past been suggested but these have to wait for certification from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).