The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has announced that it intends to bury 52 unclaimed bodies that have been kept in the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) mortuary for six months if no one comes forward to claim them in the next two weeks.
LCC Town Clerk Alex Mwansa said in a statement issued in Lusaka today that the bodies will be buried in accordance with chapter 281 of the Laws of Zambia which empowers the council to bury unclaimed bodies.
“This move will help us decongest the mortuary and create space. We have the mandate to keep bodies for a certain period of time but if still no family member comes forth then we have no other choice but to bury those bodies,” Mr Mwansa said.
He added that the council has secured burial places at the Chingwere cemetery in Lusaka and funds for buying the coffins have already been secured.
The Council has also placed an advertisement in the national newspapers in which they have published the names and causes of deaths.