A few years ago, the Municipality of Marondera unveiled a new residential area-Lendy Park Village-that has since become the favourite for the elite in and around in Marondera.
Currently, plush houses are being constructed despite the current harsh economic conditions being experienced in the country.
However, just less than 300m from the last residential stand lies Paradise Cemetery, home of the dead that is slowly creeping towards the plush suburb.
As of yesterday, it seems there will be no boundary for the cemetery as new graves are being dug towards houses.
So who is to blame? Is it about planning?
Marondera Town deputy mayor Bornface Tagwirei said he is aware of the issue and said the council is seized on how to resolve it.
“It is true that there is chaos at the cemetery. We need to engage the town planner (Never) Besa so that we will have a lasting solution. The digging and parcelling of graves should stop at that level and change direction or we have to find alternative land to establish a new cemetery,” he said.
For now, if no solution is proffered, the habitats of the elite suburbs will have to live among the dead or is it the residents that are disturbing the peace of the already departed?
The problem of housing has been manifesting across the country with the attendant clashes for space between the living and the dead manifesting in Harare also.
Residents of Harare South have been in the news complaining after they were allocated stands in a cemetery under the Ushewokunze Housing Co-operative.