13 human remains have been exhumed at Chingwere Cemetery due to heavy rains experienced in Lusaka yesterday.

Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba confirmed that the remains were discovered today by LCC workers during their routine duties at the cemetery.

Mr. Sichimba said the remains have not been re-buried because the part of the cemetery where the incident occurred is still water logged.

He said on 11th February 2019 a similar occurrence happened at the same cemetery though at a different spot.

Mr. Sichimba said the Council engaged a contractor, Treo Zambia Limited to construct the main permanent drainage to mitigate future occurrences at a cost of K600, 000.

He said the works are currently at 80 percent complete and the Council is impressed with the progress of works while construction of more drainages will follow in due course so that the flow of storm water could be controlled.

Mr. Sichimba has since appealed to stakeholders to come on board and assist in the construction of more drainages in the cemetery to avoid similar occurrences in future.

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  1. Where is this burial spot that is always waterlogged…is it in a pond…I mean a bull dozer can sort out this problem you dont need to give K600, 000. to a contractor.

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    • That’s why colonizers put a law that grave should be at least 6 feet.
      I attended a burial at Leopard Hill, and council graves are knee high.

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    • Everything is wrong..a coffin six under can not rise up like a balloon in water unless its buried in two of soil.

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  2. Just introduce and sanitize creamations to save money and land…..70% of those graves are abandoned….

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  3. And we wonder why Lusaka suffers so much “Waterborne Disease” outbreaks. LCC is irresponsible, totally disorganized and inept.

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  4. The north-western and eastern parts of chingwere cemetery are practically a river bed, this won’t end as long they are heavy rains. The encroachment of the western side of the cemetery forced LCC to be expanding the cemetery east and westwards for burial plots were it is a river bed.

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  5. The question is: How deep are the graves? Can a 6 feet grave be overcome by water? Maybe they don’t put a lot of soil on top

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  6. If the grave 6 feet deep that can’t happen and as for you mayor thats your job work on that to prevent diseases

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  7. So are the remains taken back to mortuaries? He is saying they have not yet burried the remains because there is still waterlogg. Where have you kept the remains?

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  8. Even in death Zambians are still suffering,this is what some people have who are claiming to be governing this country have subjected our people to,what a shame! vote wisely in 2021.

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