Kabale Leaders, Locals Feud Over Meat Consumption

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In short
The locals are from the rural sub counties of Kabale and mainly Muko, Bubare, Nyamweru, Kyanamira, Kitumba and Buhara where all non gazetted abattoirs were closed following an outbreak of rift valley fever, a viral infection that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.

A row has   erupted between locals in Kabale district and authorities over the operation against illegal abattoirs and meat consumption.

The locals are from the rural sub counties of Kabale and mainly Muko, Bubare, Nyamweru, Kyanamira, Kitumba and Buhara where all non gazetted abattoirs were closed following an outbreak of rift valley fever, a viral infection that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.

The fever outbreak was confirmed on March 11, 2016 in Kabale district with two positive cases.

But the locals say that the district has failed to employ health assistants in the Sub Counties to inspect and clear animals before and after they are slaughtered. As a result, residents have opted to defy the directive; a trend that authorities say threatens their lives.

James Akanyijuka, a butcher operator in Kitumba Sub County says that the district leadership has failed to provide health assistants to verify whether the animals are safe for human consumption. He says he cannot close his business over a weakness by the area leaders.

Alex Kagumire, another operator from Bigungiro trading centre in Bubare Sub County says that the calls by district leaders to close the abattoirs in areas where there are no health assistants is a wasted effort.

However, the district leadership says that the locals are taking advantage of the absence of health workers to smuggle dead to the market.

Kabale District Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa says that the District veterinary department does not have enough personnel to inspection animals and slaughter houses across the district. He adds that because of the shortage, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage to sell meat from dead animals.

Keihwa also adds that it is becoming a challenge to sensitize the locals how to detect the signs of the deadly diseases in animals.
 
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He says that in the meantime the district will continue to discourage locals from consuming uninspected meat.
 
Kabale district director of health services Dr Patrick Tusiime says that the locals involved in the meat selling business should at least become considerate and refrain from defying the orders from the health department.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.