The City of Harare has resolved that Warren Hills Cemetery is now full and has been closed forthwith. Though there remains 7,2 hectares (1 hectare = 10,000 sqm) of space this has been reserved for expansion of the provincial heroes’ cemetery. Harare’s education, health, housing and community services committee confirmed the latest developments, which were approved during a special council meeting February 3, 2016.
As Warren Hills does not have any other land for immediate burials, Granville (kuMbudzi) and Mabvuku cemeteries will be utilised until new sites are found. The other alternative is for people to be cremated, but cultural beliefs has caused people to shun this practice.
Warren Hills Cemetery will remain open for visits to grave sites however.
The cemetery is located on the Bulawayo Road about 12 kms out of Harare in a southerly direction. A few kilometers away is the Zimbabwe National Heroes Acre memorial where key members of the Zimbabwe leadership from both government and the pre-independence struggle are buried.
Interestingly, the City of Harare noted this problem as far back as 2006 but very little has been done in 10 years.
At 2013 figures, Harare was experiencing about 10,000 deaths per annum, almost 30 deaths per day. No figures have been announced since then, but are undoubtedly to have gone up, especially since our major hospitals have no drugs.
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