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Jan 17, 2013

City Council’s new P.R. Manager speaks shoddy work at cemetery

We have been reporting on the slew of complaints since the take- over of burial service by City Hall. As recent as Wednesday News Five spoke to David Coye, proprietor of the David Coye Funeral Home and Parlour. He had nothing but criticism for the Belize City Council. Now…that translates to big losses for Coye and other private undertakers who have been making a big stink. They claim that the Council is taking bread off their table. Even worse than that, they say that the Council is doing shoddy work and charging much more for it. And there have been complaints to back up those allegations. But the City Council today fired back by dumping an old, tried but true spin doctor on the front lines. Today remixed Public Relations Manager for the Council Kenny Morgan said that’s it really not about them charging more, it’s all about them making sure that your loved one is treated with love. And while you’re reeling from that one, Morgan also said that their shoddy work is just a matter of some start-up glitches, even as he says that the Council took over burial services because of complaints of shoddy work. Here’s the story.


Kenny Morgan

Kenny Morgan, P.R. Manager, Belize City Council

“It’s not necessarily more money, but when persons are in a state of bereavement and they are trying to get their loved ones final resting place taking care of, it is a shame to find that after they have paid their money, they return to the cemetery in weeks or months following to find that what they expected was not delivered. So we are now in the process of standardizing that and the City Council will be in charge of the construction of all tombs and graves in the burial ground. We have, in the process of taking over the construction of the graves, as any new process you will encounter a few difficulties until we have gotten it fully ironed out. And one matter that was in the news, the matter of the Sebastian family has been resolved to the satisfaction of the family members. As a matter of fact this morning, we met with them in our offices and came to an amicable solution with which the family was satisfied. This is a policy that is being implemented by the City Council to ensure that residents of the city and users of the cemetery get value for their money, which until now—if we take a walk around the burial ground, I can show you in several instances—where the construction was not of the quality that they expected. And we have received complaints from persons who have come to find that the tombs have been falling in; they have been faultily constructed. So this is a problem that we intend to totally eliminate. And it is not our intention in any way to take bread out of anybody’s mouth as you mentioned earlier on. It is our intention to ensure that users of the cemetery get good value for their money.”


Well, that was Morgan’s story and to give him credit, he stuck to it. According to information we have received, the Council is charging more for all burial services, in some cases up to two hundred percent more.

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3 Responses for “City Council’s new P.R. Manager speaks shoddy work at cemetery”

  1. Storm says:

    Kenny Morgan: if his lips are moving, he’s lying.

  2. Belizejustice says:

    Just another cash grab by the same old corrupt Belize City Council.

  3. Bear says:

    If the mayor and city councilpersons would get out and dig the graves themselves, I’d be happier. They do too much mischief when they are sitting in their offices,

    Generally, government has no business being in business. Oversee the quality of the work, perhaps, but let the traditional private owners do the work, and let the families choose who will build the tomb. Competition improves the breed, and always gives the consumer the best choices and deal.

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