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LCC spends K150, 000 to bury unclaimed bodies this year

The Lusaka City Council (LCC) will in the next 14 days bury 46 unclaimed bodies at a cost of K60, 000.00

This will be the third time LCC will be burying unclaimed bodies since January, 2018 bring the number of buried unclaimed bodies to 106 costing Council about K150, 000.

This follows the request by the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for LCC to bury the unclaimed bodies.

The Zambia Police Service has already authorised the burying of the bodies which have been laying in the mortuary for some time now.

According to the letter from UTH, the unclaimed bodies have given rise to an unpleasant mortuary environment contrary to the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia.

LCC Public Relations Manager George Sichimba says consequently, the council has caused a public notice in the press about its intention to bury the unclaimed bodies.

Mr. Sichimba says this is in accordance with the provisions of Section 61, Paragraph 41 of the Second Schedule of the Local Government Act Cap 281 of Laws of Zambia.

Mr. Sichimba adds that in accordance with the law, 14 days from the first publication of the notice have been assigned for members of the general public to claim/identify any of the bodies.

“At the expiry of the assigned period, all the bodies which will not have been claimed will be buried,” he said.

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