Governor Oparanya Says Cemetery Land Is Not For Covid-19 Deaths

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has refuted claims that a cemetery in Kakamega town was meant for Covud-19 mass graves.

The Governor, however, said the two parcels of land were acquired by his administration so that they would supplement the county’s public cemeteries.

“As you know, we have a public cemetery down here which is already full; I think there is nothing wrong by identifying land near the forest for a cemetery.

“You know that I am planning to make this town a city soon and a cemetery is one of the requirements,” Oparanya said during Wednesday’s Covid-19 update.

According to Oparanya, there was no big deal about graves as his move would be compared to some people buying coffins and save them for the funeral expenses.

Oparanya who was also preceding the swearing-in of three new chief officers said his administration acquired the parcels of land for should there be mass deaths caused by the Covid-19.

“We have identified two parcels of land-one in the southern and another in the northern regions where we will bury people if the deaths are more and we are unable to take the bodies to their homes like the spike in America,” he said.

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The Council of Governors Chair announcement did not sit well with Kakamega residents who accused him of wishing them death. But the governor defended his move saying the virus is expected in counties after reopening of Nairobi and Mombasa which remain hotspots of the virus.

According to the Governor, death is inevitable and people must prepare for their own.

Oparanya said he meant that his county needed a cemetery outside the town. He also dismissed claims that his administration had spent Sh2 billion to purchase the graveyards.

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