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Locals Unhappy Over Poor Maintenance of Gulu Municipal Cemetery

40 year old Vicky Aloyo whose homestead is less than 100 meters from the cemetery told URN in an interview that sometimes the corpses are brought and dumped at the cemetery without proper burial, something that causes foul smell.
01 Dec 2019 17:40
Gulu Municipal ambulance park at the bushy cemetery

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The local community surrounding Gulu Municipal Council cemetery are unhappy about it's poor maintenance.

The burial ground is located at Opok village in Koro Sub – County, 20 minutes drive from Gulu town center. The locals say the cemetery is bushy and not fenced. They also revealed that the manner at which the dead bodies are buried is so terrifying to the neighboring community.

Vicky Aloyo whose homestead is less than 100 meters from the cemetery told URN in an interview that sometimes the corpses are brought and dumped at the cemetery without proper burial, something that causes bad smell.

She reveals that sometime back, one of the dogs around came home with a human bone from the cemetery. Aloyo demands that the authorities should fence the cemetery.

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According to Aloyo, the contractor that buries the corpses normally digs shallow graves and buries more than two corpses in one grave, something that is so terrifying.

Doreen Apiyo, aged 20 equally shares her plight saying because of the poor management of the cemetery, some of the people are fleeing the place.

According to Apiyo, Gulu Municipal Council authorities must fence the cemetery and also ensure that it is well slashed from time to time. Michael Rubanga, the acting Gulu Municipal Principal Health Inspector acknowledged the problem saying the cemetery has not been properly maintained due to the low budget allocation.

He says they have earmarked 30 million shillings to fence the cemetery and that the work will begin early next year.

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