The dead not resting in peace
17 June 2016, 15:32
Nakuru - Residents of Nakuru county might soon be forced to go against their traditions of burying the dead and go the cremation route.
Those living in Njoro Sub-County, Nakuru have expressed their worries on the way their deceased are laid to rest in the Njoro Public Cemetery which is currently full.
Njoro Business Community Organizing Secretary Mr. Paul Mburu said the cemetery got filled up long time ago and they started reusing the land digging fresh graves on top of the previous ones.
"This cemetery got full years ago and this is the second time we are using this land." Mburu said.
The irritated residents said the cemetery has become a health hazard to them noting that the dead are toasted at shallow depths and going past this will disturb those toasted years ago.
“The graves are dug 3 feet deep instead of 6 which is very dangerous to our health and sometimes we exhume partially decomposed corpses that were buried in the first round in order to burry other people." Added Mburu.
Due to lack of space within the cemetery land people are now using space reserved for a road passing on one end of the cemetery and this has challenged motorists using the road.
“Vehicles passing by are driven over the graves and it is a real problem especially at night for Bodaboda operators using this route. ” Said Stephen Mwaura, a resident of Njoro which make the residents say the dead are not resting in peace.
According to the residents the County Government of Nakuru was informed of the problem but has been making empty promises for a time long enough for them to get restless over it.
Njoro MCA Hezekiah Kungu Kariuki called on the residents to remain calm saying that the county government of Nakuru has released funds to procure another piece of land but they haven’t found one at the moment.
The residents blamed the menace on poor politics which have led to the delay in addressing the hitch.
Nakuru North cemetery was closed down by the end of last year while the Southern Cemetery is the only usable within the county though it is quite far from people living outside town
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