And Kang’ombe has disclosed that Kitwe’s Chingola Cemetery will soon be closed following the diminishing burial land as gazetted.
Speaking to journalists after touring the burial sites in the district, Kang’ombe was sad that while it is the duty of the council to manage cemeteries, the sites have been neglected.
He said the local authority will need about K 200,000 to improve burial sites in the district with ablution blocks, shelter and access roads for mourners during burial and memorials.
Kang’ombe stated that most burial sites in the district are in a deplorable state and need an urgent facelift adding that the Council will not turn a blind eye to the situation.
He has further noted that Chingola Cemetery is nearly full to capacity and considerations will be made to have it closed soon.
“We will conduct a perimeter survey, we want to establish how many spaces are available in each zone of the cemetery.
“I am very disappointed personally as mayor that this is how we are looking after cemeteries. Sure we can do better as a Council, we can allocate resources despite constrained budgets and obviously stakeholders can as well come on board,” said Kang’ombe.