New cemetery opens at Oshakati

27 Sep 2013 10:20
OSHAKATI, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – The Oshakati Town Council (OTC) has established a new cemetery at a cost of N.dollars 3 million at Othingo village situated in the western area of the town.
The construction of the six-hectare cemetery commenced in 2009 and it was completed recently. A feeder gravel road from the Oshakati-Okahao main road has also been constructed.
Oshakati Mayor Onesmus Shilunga officially inaugurated the new cemetery at an event attended by the chairperson of the Oshana Regional Council (ORC), Lotto Kuushomwa, headwoman of Othingo village Ester Gabriel, members of the OTC and a number of residents on Friday.
The OTC established the new cemetery in order to create an official public cemetery to address the issue of some 11 unofficial cemeteries scattered all over the town.
Whilst delivering his inauguration address, Shilunga pointed out that the OTC created the new cemetery after it realised that town residents are also making use of old cemeteries, of which some are not in a favourable condition.
The new cemetery will be properly managed by a dedicated team within the OTC.
“I am therefore appealing to all residents of Oshakati to recognise this place as a public cemetery and make use of it,” he said.
He also indicated that there will be no extension of the old cemeteries once they have reached capacity and, as such, all residents irrespective of their religious affiliation should make use of the new cemetery.
The town’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Werner Iita said during the inauguration there was a dispute between two families after one of them erected a tombstone at the wrong grave as a result of a lack of proper management and clear marking of graves at the old cemeteries.
Shilunga stated that graves will be properly managed and marked at the new cemetery.