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Unlicensed Abattoirs Frighten Gulu Residents

Livingstone Okumu, a resident of Gulu town disclosed to URN that unregulated abattoirs have motivated thefts of cattle, goats and pigs from villages.

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A section of residents of Gulu town have raised an alarm over mushrooming unlicensed slaughterhouses. 

It follows the emergency of dubious butchers who slaughter animals in unhygienic environments flouting food safety and inspection regulations by veterinary officials.

Livingstone Okumu, a resident of Gulu town disclosed to URN that unregulated abattoirs have motivated thefts of cattle, goats and pigs from villages.   

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Robert Ocitti, a resident of Lacor in Bardege Division, explains that he has been appalled by the rise in illegal slaughterhouses. He says some meat consumers don’t query sources of their meat.  

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Kevin Omona, a restaurant proprietor in Pece Division, says he has been approached countless times by illegal butchers persuading her to buy from them in vain. 

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While a kilogram of meat goes for Shillings 12,000 in licensed butcheries, the same quantity costs between Shillings 8,000 to 10,000 on the black market. 

The illegal slaughterhouses are scattered in the four Divisions of Bardege, Pece, Layibi and Laroo. Philip Mungu, a resident of Pece Division, says the dealers sell uninspected animal tissue compromising public health. 

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The Gulu Municipal Veterinary Officer and Health Inspector who are supposed to do meat inspection are strained due to lack of human resource. 

   

The meat inspectors always conduct inspection at gazetted abattoirs to safe guard against diseases like brucellosis, foot and mouth disease and liver flow among others to avoid compromising human health.   

When contacted, Kennedy Odong the contractor Gulu abattoir confirmed the existence of illegal slaughterhouses. He appealed to the municipal enforcement authorities to sanction an embargo on such lawbreakers.   

Odong says the temporal abattoir on a 3.5 acres of land in Techo parish in Layibi Division is distanced with an awful access road, which has precipitated the advent of unlicensed slaughterhouses.    

Gulu Municipal Mayor, George Labeja regrets the bad road attributing it to heavy rains that have been problematic for engineers. He however, says some marram layer has been put on the road to offer a temporal solution.   

In 2018, the construction of a 4.5-billion-Shillings modern abattoir under World Bank funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development – USMID project was halted by the Lands, Housing and Urban Development for nonconformity with the national environmental procedures.