Law makers from the ruling NRM party are set to formulate a new bill that shall warrant members of the public to strictly conduct burials and funerals over the weekends of every calendar.
Dubbed the National Funeral Management Policy 2021, the bill is to indiscriminately require all members of the public regardless of their religious or cultural denominations to preserve corpses and consider burying the deceased relatives on weekends.
The proponents of the bill say it will relieve families of unnecessary costs on funeral services since the burial date shall be well defined.
The idea has already met widespread rejection from the public with people saying the bill shall undermine religious beliefs of the Islamic population where people are buried within 24 hours after their death.
“This nonsense cannot work because some of us are staunch Muslims who cannot keep corpses of our loved ones for a long time,” Muzafalu Iddi commented on social media. “With our health standards and culture, it cannot work. Seems some state Mafia has stocked mortuary deep freezers and preservatives so as to lucratively reap from the bill,” Nyakaana Jose intimates.
Also in the pipeline, the NRM party wants to formulate a law that prohibits burials in townships, cities and municipalities. They recommend that cremation replaces the traditional way of burial.