In Summary

  • Concerns have been raised over wild animals eating the bodies at the cemetery.
  • Area MP Felix Odiwuor demand answers on the status of the cemetery.

Parliament has said Wild animals are feasting on bodies of the dead at filled up Langata Cemetery.

This was after the members of parliament discussed a statement request by Langata Member of Parliamet Felix Odiwuor who demanded answers concerning the status of the cemetery after several complaints by city residents.

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“We bury our dead in shallow graves and expose them to be mutilated by wild animals, the African culture is to the extent that it respects the dead. It is unfortunate that when we expect our dead to rest, they do not, and instead, their bodies are mutilated by wild animals.” Rangwe MP Lilian Gogo said

Health Committee Response

Meanwhile Nairobi County Assembly Chairman for health committee Maurice Ochieng says they have allocated 200 million shillings for procuring another cemetery the financial year 2023/2024.
According to Maurice the cemetery status is top in county priorities and they will protect the dignity of the dead.
“The Langata cemetery is the radar of this committee and we are of concerns that are coming from members of the public. To bring these matters to rest this financial year we have allocated 200 million shillings for purchase and construction of a new cemetery and also another 70 million shillings for construction of a perimeter wall to secure Langata cemetery.” Maurice told Ghetto Radio News on phone.

Residents Reaction

Meanwhile Langata residents have called on the county to move with speed and secure Langata cemetery from wild animals and coffins theft.
“This cemetery is just adjacent to a National Park it must be secured if we want our loved ones to rest in peace.What I can assure the public is that for now they are not resting peace a lot is happening especially at night.” Collins Ouma Langata resident said.

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