Mbale Abattoir In Sorry State

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In short
The municipal abattoir, which is found in Mbales Industrial area, was built in 1954. But since then the abattoir has not had any major renovations. Dr. Sulait Waniaye, the Veterinary Officer in Charge of meat Inspection in Mbale Municipality, says he has already compiled a report on the state of the abattoir and intends to present it to the relevant authorities for immediate intervention.

Mbale Municipal abattoir is in dire need of rehabilitation. 

The municipal abattoir, which is found in Mbale's Industrial area, was built in 1954. But since then the abattoir has not had any major renovations. Dr. Sulait Waniaye, the Veterinary Officer in Charge of meat Inspection in Mbale Municipality, says the facility is in a sorry state.

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Dr. Waniaye says he has already compiled a report on the state of the abattoir and intends to present it to the relevant authorities for immediate intervention.

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Umar Muzi Munyoki, the Namatala Ward Local Council Four councillor and a member of Mbale Municipal Finance Committee, wants the Health officials to close the abattoir to compel authorities to take action.
 
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Muhammudu Booto, who was contracted to run the abattoir, decries the appalling working conditions. He says the abattoir lacks a proper fence, which compromises the safety of the people working there.
 
Kenneth Waniaye Khatuli, the Deputy Town Clerk, Mbale Municipal Council, says plans are underway to construct a modern abattoir in the 2017/2018 financial year.

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Mutwalibi Zandya Mafabi, the Mayor Mbale Municipality, says they will rehabilitate the old abattoir using part of the money that will remain from the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID project and local revenue.

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About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.