Concerned meat consumers like David Orach, a resident of the area is frightened that the continued standoff has led to selling of uninspected meat, posing great risks of foodborne illnesses associated with animals slaughtered from poorly hygienic places.
Jack Byaruhanga, one of the concerned butchers, says the municipality promised to extend safe water to the new abattoir in vain. Byaruhanga says due to lack of safe water, they are forced to wash meat using swampy water, which is a health risk to them and their customers.
On average, 10 cows are slaughtered at the abattoir each day for public consumption in the town council and Kigorobya Sub County. The town council charges Shillings 12,000 as slaughter fees for each cow.
They claim the veterinary officers led by the Kabale District Veterinary Officer, Bernard Kabagembe charge them Shillings 2000 for inspecting a goat and Shillings 5000 for a cow, which they claim is illegal.
Mustafa Byamugisha, the Chairperson for Kabale Central Market Ababaagi Twetungure Development Association, an umbrella body for butchers in Kabale Municipality, told URN on Christmas Eve that they had only 52 goats and 37 cows.