Mazabuka Municipal Council has so far realised K 100,000 only from the hire of the two hearses donated to the district by government five months ago.
Mazabuka Town Clerk, Ekan Chingangu disclosed this to ZANIS in Mazabuka today that the two hearses given to the council are not being utilized by residents.
”We are charging K 100,000 for mourners in town and K 150,000 for those transporting bodies to rural areas but unfortunately none has ever hired to the rural areas,” Mr Chingangu said.
Mr Chingangu said the negative response by the community on a well intended government programme aimed at lessening transport problems faced by mourners is sad and frustrating.
He complained that since the hearses arrived in the district, they were hired once and the council only raised K 100,000 from one deceased family.
Mr Chingangu said as a result of the negative response the local authority is now contemplating reducing the hiring fees to K 50,000 to enable more communities access the vehicles.
He said most mourners preferred hiring open vans and light trucks to transport bodies of their beloved relatives.
Meanwhile, Mr Chingangu noted that his office was providing free hearse services to deceased government and council officers.