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CATHOLIC APPEALS AGAINST OPENING OF MUSLIM CEMETERY NEAR ITS PREMISES

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

THE Archdiocese of Lusaka has applied for leave of the High Court to appeal against the decision of the Minister of Local Government to approve a proposal by the Lusaka Muslim Society to open a cemetery near the Catholic Parish House in Ibex Hill, Lusaka.

The Church states that the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) rejected the proposed cemetery by the Muslim Society but the Minister overruled.

According to an affidavit in support of ex-parte summons for leave to appeal  lout of time, a Development and Environmental Management Consultant and Chairperson of Mary Immaculate  Parish Catholic  Church, Reuben  Lifuka, cited Elyas Musa ( in his capacity as  Chairperson of the Lusaka Muslim Society) and the Attorney General.

Mr Lifuka stated that on July 31, last yeat, he sent an objection to the proposed cemetery by  the Muslim Society to ZEMA.

He said ZEMA responded on April 13 , this year and attached to the response rejection letter for the proposed cemetery dated June 26 2020.

He  ZEMA also attached a letter that the Minister overruled  its decision and approved  the proposed  cemetery.

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