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Mailu gives nod to Sh800m cemetery for rich Kenyans

Health secretary Cleopa Mailu. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Health secretary Cleopa Mailu. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The government has approved the establishment of a Sh800 million Kenya’s first private cemetery on 69 acres in Nyandarua County, targeting the fabulously rich.

Health secretary Cleopa Mailu in a gazette notice said the property known as Gates of Pearl, located next to Kinale Forest, will proceed into full development where 35,000 “resting places’’ will be set up for sale at premium prices.

This follows the lapse of two months allowed the public to make comments.

Proponents of the project, fronted by equity firms say they expect to charge upwards of Sh130,000 per unit with a single grave having a lease of 50 years.

Fusion Capital chief executive Daniel Kamau confirmed that a special purpose vehicle Peponi Investments — where they are a minority investor — will implement the project whose majority stakeholder is Alliance Capital Partners.

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Two Canadian landscape architectural firms, Erik Lees & Associates and Birmingham & Wood Architects, have been hired to implement the project.

The facility will have a chapel, a petrol station and a cafeteria.

Around every gravesite will be concrete seats where relatives and friends can gather annually for memorials.

“The memorial park will provide premium interment lots and memorialisation sites,” said Alliance Capital.

The project proponents have since received a nod from the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema).

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