Kongola residents need a mortuary

18 Mar 2014 14:30pm
KONGOLA, 18 MAR (NAMPA) - Residents of the Kongola village in the Zambezi Region have requested Government to consider establishing a mortuary in that vast area.
Kongola - situated some 110 kilometres west of Katima Mulilo - is one of the most densely-populated constituencies here, with an estimated population of over 12 000 people.
The leader of the Mashi Traditional Authority, Chief Tembwe Mayuni said in a speech read on his behalf by his representative Stanley Kwanu at the opening of the Kongola police station here on Friday that his subjects are forced to endure the burden of travelling the 110km to Katima Mulilo to gain access to the mortuary and other funerary services.
“This is very costly, especially for the poorer members of our community. They cannot afford to travel so far on a regular basis,” Chief Mayuni said.
Commuters currently pay N.dollars 50 in transport costs for a trip from Kongola to Katima Mulilo.
According to these residents, the owners of private vehicles often charge them as much as N.dollars 500 for the transportation of a dead body from Kongola to the mortuary in Katima Mulilo.
Chief Mayuni also requested the government to avail more police vehicles to patrol the area so as to protect residents against the recent increases in criminal activities such as rape, gender-based violence and illegal hunting.
Meanwhile, Kongola Constituency councillor David Muluti indicated at the same occasion that the establishment of a mortuary will indeed save the residents from paying huge transportation costs.
He furthermore requested the government to also consider establishing a Magistrate’s Court to complement the work of the new police station in the area.
The Kongola Constituency currently has 17 community courts, which are administered by the Mafwe Traditional Authority.
There are 16 schools and four clinics in the constituency.