Burial for aban­doned corpses

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

FORTY aban­doned corpses will be laid to rest at Botša­belo burial grounds on 7 De­cem­ber 2016 in the pres­ence of Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and other government of­fi­cials.

The corpses have be­ing kept at Le­sotho Fu­neral Ser­vices (LFS), some for more than three years with­out be­ing claimed by their next of kin.

The burial cer­e­mony has been made pos­si­ble by a M35 200 do­na­tion by Le­sotho Na­tional In- surance Group (LNIG) for use in ex­penses in­clud­ing the pur­chase of coffins.

Next Wed­nes­day, the burial ser­vice will start at 9:00am and end three hours later.

LFS Man­ager ‘Mama­hoana Chokobane re­cently told a press conference that LNIG chipped in with the do­na­tion af­ter rel­e­vant government de­part­ments had cit- ed bud­getary con­straints for their fail­ure to as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for the burial of the corpses, some of which were just dumped at the fu­neral palour by rel­a­tives.

Maseru District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ntšala Let­soela said they had ex­tended in­vi­ta­tions to Dr Mo­sisili and other government of­fi­cials since the buri­als were government’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

For his part, LNIG Sales Man­ager Qa­mako Ma­hao said it was only fit­ting to give back as his com­pany ben­e­fited from Ba­sotho in their op­er­a­tions.

“Like every com­pany, we have a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme where we give back to the com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ways. Where there is vul­ner­a­bil­ity and chal­lenges that is where the pro- gramme comes in handy,” Mr Ma­hao said, adding, they did not hes­i­tate to help out since this was a na­tional cri­sis.

“Hav­ing so many corpses in one district is a big chal­lenge and one could imag­ine what the sit­u­a­tion could be like in other parts of the coun­try when we have such a large num­ber in Maseru.”

He said this showed how en­demic poverty had be­come “among our com­mu­ni­ties” and it was nec­es­sary to as­sist in such sit­u­a­tions.

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