Kongowea Public Cemetery in Nyali, Mombasa County has become an eyesore in the recent past with the place turned from being a graveyard to a dumpsite by locals. This has blocked several families who buried their loved ones to pay tribute to them.
Bruno Mahoka, a Nyali resident, told Standard Media that he was not able to commemorate the deaths of his wife, son and two brothers on July 16 as was his norm. Although his wife died in 1997, his son in 2019 and the brothers in 1990 and 1994, he chose the day to celebrate all of them.
“Why can't they let my wife sleep in peace? She was a very tidy woman but now her grave is covered with garbage,” Mahoka said as quoted by the media house.
County chief of staff Joab Tumbo said the dumping of garbage in the graveyard was illegal and ordered the place be cleaned up. He further stated that they have received complaints and that they were in the process of restoring the cemetery into its original state.
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