Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has authorised double interment for siblings who so wish to be buried in the same grave at cemeteries managed by the local government authority.
While double interment is common with couples, BCC Director of Health Services, Dr Edwin Sibanda said the facility is open to any other relationship. Read the BCC’s latest health, housing and education committee report:
The Director of Health Services explained that double intermation was open for any other relationship. Spouses were encouraged to consider them because there was less conflict.
On an ordinary grave double intermation was allowed after a period of 10 years and above. Residents could now book a grave for double intermation. The graves’ depth was more than the normal grave to allow for the second intermation to take place in a period less than 10 years.
CITE reports that Sibanda also noted that residents had an option to do reburials from one cemetery to the other.
Meanwhile, councillors raised concern that mourners were not adhering to Covid-19 regulations at cemeteries.
Only 30 people are allowed to attend a burial at council cemeteries.
Cllr Ncube also implored the council to employ more personnel at cemeteries as the current staff was being overwhelmed.