New cemetery for Harare
2 November 2016
HARARE City Council is developing a new cemetery at Eyerstone Residential Estate measuring 150 hectares following the decommissioning of WarrenHills cemetery early this year.
The cemetery will be commissioned for burials before year-end.
The closure of Warren Hills Cemetery was resolved during a special council meeting which was held early this year.
“The Provincial Heroes Cemetery Authorities wanted the remaining 7,2 hectares for the expansion of the Provincial Heroes Cemetery and construction of memorials.
“Council had initially donated two hectares for the expansion of the Provincial Heroes Cemetery.
“Warren Hills does not have any other land for immediate burials.
“The Committee (Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing) noted that the land was available on the hillside of the cemetery but was expensive to service and develop, therefore not immediately available for burial,” revealed minutes from the special council meeting.
Allaying fears where burials will be conducted, City of Harare said residents “would continue to use Granville Cemeteries (Mbudzi) and Mabvuku Cemetery, whilst new sites were being explored.”
And one of the explored sites is Eyerstone which will be commissioned for use before year-end.
In a statement, Harare City Council acting Corporate Communications Manager said “the Eyerstone residential estate has 7 000 stands which comprise of high, medium and low density. “Allocations by city authorities are in progress.
“Individuals who have illegally invaded the farm are encouraged to join the Housing waiting list for legal allocation.
“In the meantime all people who had either illegally settled themselves or had bought land from third parties should vacate the pieces of land and allow for the opening of roads, water and sewer reticulation systems,” said Chideme.