The Municipality of Marondera has decided to stop contracting grave diggers saying council is losing revenue unnecessarily.
The grave diggers charged ZWL$40 per each grave.
Instead Council will replace them with voluntary workers who have been part of council’s workforce for some time.
The voluntary workers are paid ZWL$60 per day.
Council Said it Was Running a Loss
According to Full Council minutes from the last meeting in possession of Open Council, the grave diggers were being paid the money after completing 100 graves.
This means council was paying the contractors ZWL$4000 per 100 graves.
“Councillors wanted to know about the contract of grave digging.
“It was advised that 100 graves were dug at a time maybe after four or five months and each grave was being charged ZWL$40.
“It was proposed that the contract be terminated and engage voluntary workers to dig the graves.
“After some deliberations on the issue, the committee agreed that a cost benefit be made to assist in making a decision,” read the minutes.
Revenue from Graves
The local authority earns meaningful revenue through selling of graves with the cheapest costing around ZWL$800 at Meki Cemetery.
The voluntary workers, replacing the grave diggers, are youths and women picked by councillors from their respective wards to work for council.
Currently, some of the voluntary workers are in the security department while others are sanitising boreholes in the wake of Covid 19 pandemic.