Lyantonde- Lyantonde authorities have closed the only abattoir in the district over poor sanitation and hygiene.
The directive was issued by the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Suleiman Tuguragara Matojo, who said it was unacceptable for the abattoir to operate in such an environment.
The closure comes barely a week after butchers in Lyantonde Town Council protested the poor working conditions and sanitation at the abattoir.
The abattoir, according to Mr Matojo, lacks a functional latrine and does not have flowing water, which makes it hard to maintain the place’s sanitation.
However, butchers claim that the abattoir’s management has on a number of occasions been raising slaughter fees, claiming they were procuring material to improve its sanitation.
Recently management increased slaughter fees for goats to Shs1,000 down from Shs500.
The charges for cattle were increased to Shs2,000 down from Shs1,000.
Lyantonde Town Clerk Martin Rogers Ssentongo said he was organising to call a stakeholders meeting to address the standoff.
However, he said the meeting’s key agenda would have to focus on how to improve the condition of the abattoir.
The abattoir, according to the district authorities, handles more than 100 animals on a daily basis.
Much of the animals slaughtered at the abattoir are sold within the district with Lyantonde Town Council taking the biggest share of the supplied meat.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor