A section of residents of
Gulu town have raised an alarm over mushrooming unlicensed slaughterhouses.
follows the emergency of dubious butchers who slaughter animals in
unhygienic environments flouting food safety and inspection regulations by
Livingstone Okumu, a resident of Gulu town disclosed to URN
that unregulated abattoirs have motivated thefts of cattle, goats and pigs from
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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.
According to Omona, she declined the officer because of health
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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
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
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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
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
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.