Gulu City to evict petty meat sellers from the abattoir

He says they are planning to construct the modern abattoir with USMID money.

By Christopher Nyeko

Gulu: A number of people who have ventured into selling cooked cattle’s hooves, locally known as Molokony, and animal minor organs such as pancreas, intestines, kidneys, and blood, widely known as Yote Boga, are to face eviction from the Gulu city abattoir in December.

The city council says they are evicting these vendors, whose numbers were not revealed, on the ground that the hygiene of the place is not safe for selling cooked food items.

They feared that if vendors continued to increase the number of people, especially those who slaughter animals in the abattoir, they would be at risk of contracting diarrheal diseases because they are the major consumers of this food.

The vendors cook these foods as breakfast while targeting the people slaughtering the animals and customers who enter the abattoir in the morning to buy animal parts.

Dr. Aliker Solomon, the principle veterinary officer for Gulu City, says the state of the abattoir is worrying.

Aliker revealed that the septic tank in the abattoir is full to capacity, forcing its users to divert the waste into the community land.

The krall where animals to be slaughtered are confined is muddy, and cattle are sleeping in a muddy place; the practice, he says, is unhealthy.

The council has resolved to place a motorized water plan in the abattoir and install a water tank of 10,000 liters in the area to provide adequate water for regular cleaning of the facility and to compact the ground with marram.

Omara Christo Balmoyi, the Gulu city engineer, says they are planning to construct the modern abattoir with USMID money.

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