LUSAKA mayor Wilson Kalumba says residents should consider the option of cremating the dead due to a critical shortage of burial space in the city.
The two cemeteries in the city, Chingwele and Leopards Hill, are almost running out of burial space and Lusaka City Council (LCC) is facing a serious challenge of finding an alternative burial site.
Mr Kalumba said in an interview yesterday that there is need for a cultural shift from burying the dead to cremation in an effort to address the shortage of burial space.
He said the Local Government Act provides for cremation of dead bodies but the decision on such matters will be left to the people of Zambia in line with the Christian nation declaration.
“I will support the issue of cremation if Zambians accept it as a means to handle the problem of diminishing burial space and population increase,” he said.