On average, 10 cows are slaughtered at the abattoir each day for public consumption in the town council and Kigorobya Sub County. The town council charges Shillings 12,000 as slaughter fees for each cow.
The sorry state of Kigorobya
town council abattoir in Hoima district has drawn protest from butchers. They want
the authorities to close the facility for operating under filthy conditions.
Situated in Kigorobya 1 cell South-East Ward, the abattoir that sits on a piece
of land measuring approximately 20x20 meters lacks standard hangers and logs
for slaughtered animals before and after the beef is weighed.
The slaughtering slabs
have cracked. They hold blood, which attracts flies leaving a strong odor. The
abattoir lacks drainage channels, which forces water to mix with animal waste.
On average, 10 cows are slaughtered at the abattoir each day for public
consumption in the town council and Kigorobya Sub County. The town council
charges Shillings 12,000 as slaughter fees for each cow.
Juma Atugonza, a
butcher says the abattoir stinks due to uncollected animal dung and improper
disposal of blood from slaughtered animals. He says during the rainy season,
runoff water mixes with animal waste and runs into people’s residences.
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Ali Muhumuza, another butcher says the stench, flies and animal waste have
become unbearable. He wants the Municipal Authorities to act quickly to save
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Kenneth Aliganyira, another butcher, says they have repeatedly informed the
Town Council authorities about the sorry state of the abattoir in vain.
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Geoffrey Businge, a resident says when dirty water from the abattoir floods their
houses, they are forced to abandon them because of the heavy stench.
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Wilberforce Nyemera, another resident of Kigorobya town Council questions
the quality of meat from the abattoir.
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Joshua Byangire, the Mayor Kigorobya town Council, says they are short of
funds, adding that they are hunting for Shillings 40 million to purchase a
piece of land where a standard and modern abattoir will be constructed.