Christians and Muslims in Amuria town council
are feuding of animal slaughtering rights. Christians have taken over the old abattoir at
Opegei while Muslims have remained in the new abattoir, which is about 100
Muslim butchers have remained in the old
butcheries near the entrance to Amuria market. Christians have moved their
butcheries to the new lock ups in Amuria main market and labeled them
‘Christian meat sale shop.’
The Christian butcheries also bare the sign of
the cross and quotes from the Bible. One of the quotes is Psalms 37:1,
which says “Do not fret because of
those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong.”
Another sign at Christian butcheries is a sign of
the cross drawn with an open invitation, ‘Come one come all in God we trust.’ Nathan
Ekemu, the Chairperson Muslim Butchers, says tension between the two
communities started from a crusade held by Muslim converts to Christianity who
incited Christians to stop Muslims from slaughtering their animals.
They reportedly claimed that the words Muslims use to slaughter
animals are meant to pass a bad omen to Christians, a charge Muslims dispute.
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George Bosco Adotu, the Chairperson Christian
butchers told URN that Christians slaughter animals in the old abattoir and
operate four butcheries in Amuria main market.
He says the Christians were woken up during the
crusade by Muslim converts who claimed that Muslims have a hidden motive behind
slaughtering animals and offer blood sacrifice with intentions of harming Christians.
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Adotu also argued that nowhere in the Bible and
in the constitution of Uganda mandating Muslims to slaughter animals on behalf
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Philip Opio, another Christian butcher wondered
why Muslims use a language they don’t understand and face Makkah while
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David Ewayu, the Kuju Sub-county LC V
councilor, says he grew up knowing that it is only Muslims allowed to slaughter
animals for public consumption.
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Rev. Samuel Ediau, Diocesan Secretary Soroti
Church of Uganda, says ‘there is no law in Uganda that states that it is only
Muslims who are allowed to slaughter animals.’ He asked where the law
that states that Christians are not allowed to slaughter animals is found in
He supported the decision of Christians in Amuria
and called upon of Christians in other districts in Teso to start slaughtering
their animals. Hamza Moita, the Imam of Amuria Mosque confirmed
the dispute between the faithful of the two religious denominations.
been slaughtering animals for decades. Why are Christians rising up now to
resist. It is going to fuel division in the Amuria community,” Moit said. Asuman Muhammad Ocen, the Kadhi of Teso Muslim
District noted that the issue of animal slaughter is likely to cause problems
between Muslims and Christians in Amuria.
“We do not want tension to escalate.
We are going to do everything possible to address the issue,” he said.
Ocen told URN that he has calmed down Muslims
and asked them to exercise restraint as the matter is sorted out. He
promised to raise the matter with the Inter Religious Council of Uganda that
brings together leaders of different faith groups.
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Esther Akello, a meat consumer in Amuria town council expressed joy
over the news of Christians slaughtering animals. Akello said she enjoys meat
from Christian butcheries.