More than 100 butchers in Wobulenzi town council in Luweero have staged a demonstration protest the alleged financial impropriety by their leaders that has plunged their association into debts. The butchers under Wobulenzi Cattle Traders and Butchers Association refused to slaughter any animal leaving scores of their clients stranded.
They led a procession from the abattoir to Luweero town council with placards depicting their chairman Abdul Mubiru and his leadership as corrupt blocking traffic for several minutes, before they were dispersed by police. Noordeen Kiwanuka, one of the butchers told URN that they collected money in 2007 and bought two trucks of registration number UAL 001T and UAL 584 U to widen their revenue base.
He says that the trucks were handed over to Abdul Mubiru, with clear instruction that he would present monthly accountability to member but he deliberately refused to organize any meetings. Kiwanuka also explains that Mubiru used his position as chairperson to get a personal loan using the association truck and used proceeds from the trucks to service the loans living their coffers empty.
Majid Ssonko, another butcher says that their association won the tender to collect slaughter fees in the abattoir but no single cent was banked in their account. He says that they were shocked to hear the town council authorities threatening to terminate their contract over failure to pay shillings 5 million.
Ssonko says that they have been getting problems but the association would not bail them out yet that is the reason they set it up. He also accused Abdul Mubiru of changing the association to a company without the knowledge of the butchers.
Ssonko says that they want Abdul Mubiru to resign immediately before he is investigated by police for swindling their funds. Mario Ociti, the officer in charge of Wobulenzi Police station says that he intervened to block the demonstration because it was illegal. Ociti says that he has also ordered the impounding of both trucks until the conflict between the butchers is resolved.
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Mario Ociti says that they will convene a meeting together with Abdul Nadduli, Luweero LC V chairman to try to iron out their differences. The butchers have vowed not to slaughter any animal until police arrests Abdul Mubiru and charge him with theft. Our reporter tried in vain to get the embattled chairman to comment on the allegations labeled against him. However, Mubiru was quoted recently saying those accusing him of embezzling their funds are trying to disintegrate the association for their personal benefits