Arua Butchers on the Spot Over Poor Transportation of Meat

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Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua municipal council health officer says most butchers in the municipality violate the rules regulating the transportation of meat.

Thousands of meat consumers in Arua municipality are at risk of eating contaminated meat, the Municipal health department has warned. The health department is particularly concerned about the poor transportation of meat from the abattoir to butcheries in the down. The meat is transported on open wheel barrows, which health officials say exposes it to contamination.

Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua municipal council health officer says most butchers in the municipality violate the rule regulating the transportation of meat. He has warned to close all butchers who transport meat on uncovered wheelbarrows, which he says compromises the health of its consumers. Onzubo says they have already the problems at the abattoir and will now focus on the butchers because they don’t want to put the lives of meat consumers in jeopardy. 

Charles Asiki, the mayor Arua municipality has supported the move by the health department to regulate the transportation of meat. He says whoever violates the standard procedures for transporting meat should be arrested or their butchery closed.
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 Some of the butchers interviewed by URN say the boxes provided by the municipality for transporting meat are few. The municipality allegedly provided less than 30 boxes. Samson Atamvaku, a butcher in Arua main market says despite the fact that they want to adhere with the regulations, many of them resort to wheel barrows because if because of the limited number of boxes provided for transporting meat.
He appeals to Arua municipality to provide more boxes for sale to the butchers at a minimal fee. Hassan Matata, a butcher Awindiri at says they have resorted to tricycles to transport their meat, which they cover with polythene papers. He believes the meat is protected from contamination and dust. 


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.