Confusion reigned at Kasama General Hospital Mortuary in the early hours of today when St Paul’s United Church of Zambia (UCZ) officials in Kasama and Taxis drivers differed over burial programme of a deceased person in Kasama.
Taxi drivers blocked the main way to the hospital entrance using taxis for over 40 minutes causing panic to mourners and other people who went to access health services at the institution.
But quick action by Police prevented the situation from worsening.
Kasama Taxis Drivers Association Chairperson Macmillan Mwanya told a ZANIS crew that rushed to the scene that his members were upset after the church leadership failed to incorporate them on burial programme for one of their colleague.
Mr Mwenya pointed out that the association wanted to accord the deceased a special burial ceremony it gives to its members.
And St Paul’s UCZ Boys Brigade Officer Thomas Chitambi described the drivers’ behaviour as barbaric.
Mr Chitambi narrated that the problems rose after the two parties failed to agree on the set burial programme which was instituted by the church and family members at the mortuary.
Scores of on lookers watched in disbelief as the drivers chanted various slogans denouncing the church.
And people talked to expressed disappointment at the manner in which the drivers handled the matter.
Grace Nachula 34 of Chiba village said the drivers should have allowed the Church to execute its duties without interfering.
Mrs Nachula said it was embarrassing and un traditional for people to quarrel over a dead body.
Calm only retained after the church allowed the drivers to perform their usual ceremony under police traffic escort of driving the coffin through new town roads and the central business district of Kasama.