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Residents adviced to cremate their dead after cemeteries fill up

12 August 2015, 21:56

Nakuru - The Nakuru county government has said that Cemeteries in the region are filling up and there will be no burial space by the end of the year.

Thus, public health officer Samuel King’ori has urged residents to cremate their relatives.

Speaking Tuesday in Nakuru, King'ori said Nakuru North and Naivasha cemeteries are already full.

Residents however said that Nakuru is made up of people from different ethnic backgrounds and customs, some of which do not allow cremation.

A plot costs KES 20 000 at the Nakuru North Cemetery and KES 3 000 at Nakuru South.

King’ori said the public health department issued a notice on June 21 that full cemeteries would be closed and those that continue with burial be fined KES 1 500 per grave.

He said the county has not identified land for a new cemetery.

“Most people are afraid to sell us the land because they do not want to live near a cemetery or have their land border it,” King’ori told the press on phone.

The officer said it is not easy to identify land with the right soil.

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“The law requires that a soil type assessment be done to establish whether it can allow for speedy body decomposition,” he said.

King’ori said the law prohibits construction of cemeteries near water bodies, as they can pollute water.

Last year, the county allocated KES 84 million to buy an alternative graveyard.

The allocation was increased by KES 30 million this year.

Nakuru Town East MP, David Gikaria and his Bahati counterpart, Kimani Ngunjiri said the problem has persisted for a long time.

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