Miles Sampa who has been adopted to stand as Lusaka Mayor on the PF ticket has promised to introduce high rise grave yards as a way of addressing the shortage of burial sites in Lusaka.
In an interview on his key priorities if elected Mayor, Mr Sampa who is also a Former Member of Parliament for Matero said resolving the issue of inadequate burial places in Lusaka will be top of his agenda.
He said the city needs to find a lasting solution to the grave yard crisis currently facing residents of Lusaka.
Mr Sampa said his proposal to create high rise burial sites will free up a lot of space in Lusaka.
“Other countries bury their dead on top of already existing graves and as Lusaka Mayor, this will be my main priority when I am elected Mayor. We need to find a sustainable solution this problem and as a City Father, that would be my main task,” Mr Sampa said.
He said, “We also need to find way of expanding the Leopards Hill Cemetery because the current boundary is almost exhausted. Our people surely deserve to bury their dead with dignity.”
Mr Sampa added, “We have to come up with a way of say, after five or ten years when the body decomposes, it’s lofted into a smaller coffin and reburied on top of another as a way of mitigating against this serious problem.”
Mr Sampa who also served as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and Finance and also as Southern Province Minister was over the weekend adopted by the PF Central Committee as its candidate for the position of Lusaka Mayor.
He faces strong competition from UPND’s Pastor Kangwa Chileshe with some Lusaka residents saying the city requires fresh leadership and new ideas to respond to the many challenges.