|"We, black Zimbabweans do not believe in cremating our departed ones. Burning the bodies of dead relatives is simply not an option"|
|Harare - There is simply no respite for Harare's long suffering residents. While the cost of living was already beyond the reach of many in the capital - thanks to six years of unprecedented economic recession - the cost of dying is set to surge beyond the reach of many families, according to the city's financial plan for 2006.|
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It is the new burial charges that many in Harare's teeming low-income suburbs say are not only unaffordable but also show the city commission's insensitivity to the plight of bereaved families. Or to use the words of Oscar Mubaya, a resident of the capital's Kuwadzana suburb: "These new charges mean that dying is now a luxury only the rich can afford. How do the city fathers think we will cope with these new charges? Surely, it is anti-people to come up with such a budget whose effect extends even to the dead."
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