esidents of Kongola village requests govt to consider establishing mortuary

KONGOLA: 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.

Commuters currently pay N.dollars 50 in transport costs for a trip from Kongola to Katima Mulilo.

According to the 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.