Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has set aside a budget of Ksh 150 million in the current financial year for the purchase new cemetery land for the city.
The move aims to relieve pressure from the 100-acre Lang’ata cemetary which has been full for the past 20 years
NMS said a request to the land directorate to begin the process of acquiring the land and a discussion with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) had been initiated.
“A base budget of Ksh 150 million has been budgeted for this financial year for the acquisition of the land,” said the NMS.
The Directorate of Lands and the KFS are left to identify the specific land to be dedicated for the cemetary Mugumoini Ward in Lang’ata Constituency.
The initiative will also include the purchase, installation and commissioning of a crematorium at Lang’ata Cemetery. Nairobi has three crematoriums including Lang’ata, Hindu and Kariokor.
An attempt by the county government in 2017 to swap 67 acres of forest land near the Langa’ata cemetery for a graveyard flopped after KFS rejected the request. Another plan to purchase a 120-acre parcel of land for burial in Kitengela, Kajiado in the same year also failed.
The county government has been allocating funds for the exercise every financial year since 2017 but the efforts have been unfruitful due to difficulties in land acquisition for the purpose.