ongola residents need a mortuary

KONGOLA: Residents of the Kongola village situated some 110km west of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region have requested the central government to consider establishing a mortuary in their vast area.

Kongola, is one of the densely populated area in the Zambezi region with an estimated population of over 12 000 people.

Leader of the Mashi Traditional Authority Chief Tembwe Mayuni in a speech read on his behalf by Stanley Kwanu said during the opening of the Kongola police station on Friday, that his subjects endure the burden of traveling 110km to Katima Mulilo to access the mortuary and other funeral services.

This he said, has become costly for this poorest community members to afford, let alone the long distances they endure traveling on a regular basis.

Commuters currently pays N.dollars 100 for transport costs to and from Kongola to Katima Mulilo town.

According to Kongola residents, it is costly to pay for transportation of corpses with some often asked to pay as much as N.dollars 500 to transport a dead body using private vehicle to the mortuary.

The Mashi Chief also requested that enough police vehicles of at least five be stationed in the area as the area has observed an increase in criminal activities such as rape, gender-based violence and illegal hunting cases amongst others.

The Councillor for Kongola Constituency David Muluti indicated during the same occasion that the establishment of a mortuary will save the residents from paying transportation costs.

The Kongola Councillor requested that the government also consider establishing a Magistrates Court now that a police station has opened door in the area.

The Kongola village currently has 17 community court administered by the Mafwe Traditional Authority, 16 schools of which three are senior secondary schools and four clinics.

(edited)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.

“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.

SOURCE: NAMPA