Uganda: Butchers Reject Order to Move to Shs65m Abattoir

Meat sellers in Buikwe District have defied orders by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) to quit a 20-year-old slaughter house for a new one government built at Shs65m.

Mr Abubaker Kakaire, the officer in-charge of cattle slaughtering, told Saturday Monitor yesterday that Njeru Municipal Council authorities are to be blamed for the butchers shunning the government facility for two years now.

“Instead, they should assist us to improve on what we are comfortable with other than forcing us to relocate to a place where some services are not available,” Mr Kakaire said.

He added on average, they pay Shs3,000 to council daily, and between five to 10 cows and goats are slaughtered every day.

The new abattoir

In 2019, the government constructed an abattoir for Njeru municipality at a cost of Shs65m, which was allegedly done without consulting the butchers as the principal beneficiaries, who would later allege that it was poorly constructed.

Ms Jane Frances Kagayi, the Buikwe RDC, during a routine inspection of government projects at last weekend, directed Njeru officials to ban all slaughtering places and force the meat sellers to use the one that was constructed by the government.

“This is an unhealthy place for slaughtering animals; let the council use the law to ensure all animals are slaughtered in one place where health and veterinary officers can inspect the meat to determine whether it is safe for consumption,” she said.