Mbale Main Abattoir Appalling

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In short
Paul Wamboga, the Mbale Municipal Principal Health Inspector, says the authority is aware of the appalling state of the abattoir. Wamboga says the council has secured some money he did not specify under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Program Project USMID to undertake major rehabilitation of the abattoir in the financial year 2016/2017.

The sorry state of Mbale municipal council abattoir has raised concern among residents. The abattoir that was built in the 1960s was meant to handle about 10 cows, but now handles over 30 cows, unaccounted number of goats and birds daily.
 
 
The numbers triple during festive days. The abattoir is located in Industrial area in Mbale's Industrial division. However, the abattoir hasn't undergone any major renovation since it was built.
 
 
In 2000, city businessman Hassan Basajjalabala of Basajjabalaba Hides & Skins Limited tried to renovate abattoir but suspended the rehabilitation works due to disagreements with the municipal authorities. Emmanuel Watenyeri, a food vendor at Mbale main market, says the abattoir is appalling.
 
 
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Watenyeri faults municipal authorities of failing to enforce the Public Health Act when it comes to the operation of butcheries and abattoir. He also accuses the butcher of mixing goat's meat with mutton, yet culturally some people don't eat mutton.
 

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Moses Ekol, a broker in Mbale Industrial area is equally concerned that butchers operate without gloves and aprons for slaughtering the animals. He says meat is placed on the ground together with cow dung that covers the entire ground.


Ekol claims that the abattoir is dilapidated and an unfit for use to slaughter animals for human consumption. He wants the municipality authority to close the abattoir and build a better facility for animal slaughter.

Sarah Watuwa, another resident says the handling of meat from this abattoir is against the Public Health Act. She says fresh meat is carried in sacks while the other is barely tied on the bicycle or motorcycle carriers and rolled to various butcheries for sale.
 
This she says poses very serious health risks to the consumers. Paul Wamboga, the Mbale Municipal Principal Health Inspector, says the authority is aware of the appalling state of the abattoir.

Wamboga says the council has secured some money he did not specify under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Program Project (USMID) to undertake major rehabilitation of the abattoir in the financial year 2016/2017.

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.