Le Repentir Cemetery, located in Georgetown has in the past served a number of families as a suitable spot for burying their family, friends and loved ones.
Over a number of years, the size of the cemetery has been extended and therefore requires a lot of care and upkeep by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on a more regular basis, however, it seems that the M&CC has either forgotten this or has chosen to neglect its duties in this regard.
When Kaieteur News visited the cemetery on Tuesday, it found a complete turn-off. Shrubs and bushes were prevalent even through the walkways, while pieces of old wood and small piles of garbage were bordering the majority of tombs in various sections.
As if this was not enough to scare even the dead away, there was a horrible stench emitting from the enormous piles of garbage, which came from the dump site that shares the land with those buried there.
Kaieteur News understands that the M&CC is responsible for both the cemetery and the dump site, but seeing the pace that the workers were “destroying” the garbage, it seems as if the job is being done at a time convenient for them, and even if it is too much of work for their limited staff, then it would be wise if the M&CC hire more people to do the work properly and faster.
Residents in the area refused to supply their names for fear of victimization however; they stated their disappointment in the M&CC’s actions, as it related to the dump site.
The smell is unbearable and even a few persons explained that they force themselves to leave their houses and return in the evenings just to avoid being home in that smell much.
One particular mother told Kaieteur News that living in such conditions is not healthy for her newborn baby or her children. She expressed her wish that the relevant authorities do something to “speed up the process” through which the garbage is being destroyed. Everyday garbage is being collected from all parts of the region and all that is happening is that it is being piled up and the pile does not seem to decrease in size.
On Wednesday, Kaieteur News tried contacting the M&CC Public Relations Department on telephone number 225-2218 with regards to the Le Repentir Cemetery and the dump site but was told by a staff member to return a call to “Mr. King” after the lunch hour. Again when Kaieteur News contacted the office at 13:20 hrs, the same female staff member said that Mr. King was still at lunch and to return a call half hour later.
A third phone call was made around15:00 hrs and Kaieteur News was told Mr. King was in a meeting. During each call, messages were left for Mr. King and Kaieteur News was constantly being told that “Mr. King will return a call to you”. On Thursday, this newspaper tried calling Mr. King again but was told by the M&CC “I am sorry but Mr. King is now on leave as of today. You will have to speak with Ms. Lewis; however she is not at her desk at the moment, so please call back in 10 minutes”. When Kaieteur News again called 15 minutes later, the voice on the other end of the phone said “I am sorry, Ms. Lewis stepped out. Please call back in an hour”.
For the last time, a message for Ms. Lewis was left that Kaieteur News was trying to contact her concerning information on the Le Repentir Cemetery and that she should call as soon as she could.
Friday has come and gone and still no word from the M&CC.
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