Rubaare Town Council Abattoir in Sorry State

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Benson Kansiime, the Rubaare Town Council LC III, admits that the absence of water at the abattoir is a serious challenge to hygiene.

Rubaare town council abattoir in Ntungamo district is in a sorry state. The abattoir lacks running water, drainage system and toilets. Animals are slaughtered on the bare ground and blood left to flow freely, leading to a heavy stench.
After slaughtering the animals, butchers wrap meat in dirty polythene bags and sacks for delivery to butcheries and restaurants in Rubaare town council. The state of affairs at the abattoir is an issue of concern to residents. Gordon Baryamujura, a resident of Rubaare town council, says it is very disturbing to see meat being carried in very dirty sacks.

He says the slaughter of animals on bare grounds and transportation of meat in dirty careers compromises its quality. Alex Kayongwe, a resident of Kagango ward in Rubaare town council faults the authorities for failing to organise the butchers and ensure they operate in a clean environment.
He says there is need to compel the butchers to observe minimum sanitation standards. Christopher Kabahinda, a butcher says the absence of running water at the abattoir is a huge challenge to maintaining proper hygiene standards. He says unless the authorities take it upon themselves and extend water to the abattoir there is nothing much the butchers can do.
Benson Kansiime, the Rubaare Town Council LC III, admits that the absence of water at the abattoir is a serious challenge to hygiene. Kansiime says council has already engaged National water and Sewerage Corporation to extend water to the abattoir, which they expect will be down within two months.
He says once they provide water to the abattoir it will be easy to enforce basic hygiene practices. He says plans are underway to construct a four stance pit latrine at the abattoir.

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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.

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