For those who want to be cremated like BOB COLLYMORE, MATIBA and Prof WANGARI MAATHAI - This is what happens at Kariokor Crematorium


Tuesday July 2, 2019 - Cremation is better than burial for two reasons.

First, it is cheaper.

This spares loved ones excess financial cost at a time of grieving.

Second, it is better for the Earth.

There is a rapidly decreasing amount of space in which to bury the dead, and so cremation is more respectful to those still around.

In Kenya, due to religious differences, only few Kenyans opt to be cremated.

In a span of ten years only three notable individuals have been cremated.

The three Kenyans are former Anglican Church Archbishop, Manasses Kuria, and his wife, Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai and veteran politician, Kenneth Matiba.

Over the last 10 years, Kenyans’ demand to be cremated has increased and Tuesday, Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, was cremated at Kariokor Crematorium in Nairobi.

Kariokor Crematorium is one of the best-known in Kenya.

The crematorium charges a flat rate of Sh 10,000 for a member and Sh 22,500 for a non-Hindu.

According to Kariokor Crematorium attendant, Maharaj Samshan, once the body arrives, it is placed in an open pyre of wood for those being cremated on wood.

The body is placed between logs and sawdust placed beneath the rack to be used to light the fire.

The temperature is 1,000 to 2,000 degrees Celsius.

"Cremation takes one and a half hours and involves the burning of the body inside the coffin, in line with Health Ministry regulations,” Samshan said.

He says he uses 40 litres of diesel to ensure the body is incinerated completely and only ashes remain to be given to family members.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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