The County Assembly of Busia has directed the Health and sanitation executive to present a report about cemetery land within 60 days.
This is in a bid to seek a permanent solution to the saga that has marred the public cemetery land in the county for a long time.
The move to revisit on the issue followed a statement by nominated Member of the County Assembly Hon Azida Ali requesting the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health and Sanitation to furnish the assembly within 30 days with:
The physical locations and details of all public cemeteries land in use, and copies of the gazette notices of all the cemeteries in the county currently in use.
In his ruling, the Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said the issue of public cemetery land in the county has dragged on for long, thus the need for a substantive solution.
“I direct that the statement be committed to the joint committee of Health and planning. Within 60 days come back with a substantive report from both the Executive, including the budget making process if there is no land, so that we solve this problem once and for all,” he said.
Chakol North MCA Julius Etyang’ in his contribution, urged the house to come up with a motion barring people from cementing graves of their loved ones “so as to give others a chance to be buried in the same place.”
Although supporting the statement, Grace Omasete (Angurai South) said rural areas don’t need cemeteries. “The dead will haunt the family if they are buried in public cemeteries.”
Simon Asuka (Marachi North) said there was need to have public cemetery land in at least every sub county.
In his contribution Bernard Papa (Malaba Central) said cemeteries are good not just for “foreigners” Considering that the size of land in the county is depleting at a faster rate.
Others who supported Hon Azida’s statement included David Luyemba (Mayenje Ward) and Immaculate Adhiambo (nominated).