Parliament passed a law that will allow people with large enough land to bury their loved ones at home. Society’s Martin Bishop hit the streets to find out how people felt about the matter.
I welcomed it because African culture involves burying people in family cemeteries and not away from home. Even people who live in the city have family land where they would like to be laid to rest.
Hassan Kayijuka, Businessman
Why would anyone not see this as a good thing? We can now bury our relatives and friends at home where they belong. However, I suggest that cemeteries stick around because not all people have pieces of land where they can bury their people.
Shyaka Gisa, Salesperson
Burying people in their back yards rather than in well established cemeteries will be frowned upon by most people. Having graves all over the land will only hinder development, for example, how can you construct a house between graves?
Adam Rwaka, Sports correspondent
This is the best thing to ever emerge from parliament. Many of us want to organise personal funerals in which we can maintain total control, feel involved and also reduce costs significantly by not having to purchase a grave in a cemetery.
Clemency Mukabideri, Gikondo resident
I don’t mean any disrespect but the dead shouldn’t be among the living! Burying the dead around places with people will only depress neighborhoods. I vote for cremation.
Brenda Ruzindana, Student
Burying people in public cemeteries is becoming more expensive. I believe people with big chunks of land will welcome this motion with open arms. It’s cheap and more humane.
Martin Mani, Entreprenuer
I have prayed for this for a long time. I believe providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is dignified treatment. What better way is there to lay our loved ones to rest?
Philemon Suna,Gisenyi resident