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Abim Abattoir Lies Idle 5 Years after Construction :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Abim Abattoir Lies Idle 5 Years after Construction

Boniface Ojas, a resident of Kiru town council, says that he is wondering why the government spent a lot of money on the construction of the abattoir and left it idle for years without serving its purpose.
A slaughter house abandoned in the bush

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Residents of Kiru town council in Abim district have raised a concern over a slaughterhouse that has continued to lie idle five years after its construction. 

According to the community, the district established the slaughterhouse at an estimated Shillings 500 million in 2019. However, the slaughterhouse has been lying idle since then raising questions about why the government would inject such huge sums of money into unproductive projects. 

Boniface Ojas, a resident of Kiru town council, says that he is wondering why the government spent a lot of money on the construction of the abattoir and left it idle for years without serving its purpose. Ojas noted that the slaughterhouse has all the requirements but it is wasting away and the nearby community has resorted to dumping human waste inside the buildings.  

//Cue in: ‘’Actually it's rotting………

Cue out: ‘’……five to six years now,”//   James Okullo, another resident expressed his fears that if the facility is not operationalized it is more likely to become a hideout for criminals. Okullo also noted that since the abattoir is not guarded, there is a possibility of criminals vandalizing some of its facilities.

  Jimmy Odong, the LC 3 chairperson for Kiru Town council said that the district has not yet handed over the facility to them. ‘’At the moment we do not have any authority over that slaughterhouse, we are also still waiting for an order from the district,’’ Odong said.

Patrick Angom Abura, the Abim district male councilor said the project is good but they did not consider the community while designing it. Abura noted that the abattoir was constructed by the district and handed over to the town council but it has failed to kick-start its operations due to limited business for meat.

According to Abura, Kiru town council can take over two months without slaughtering a cow and this may not meet the demand for the abattoir.  

//Cue in “The facility was finished…….

 

Cue out:……the community priority,”//

Oscar Okengo, the Abim District Veterinary Officer who was leading the project by then declined to comment on the project and referred our reporter to Charles Omugetum, the acting Abim deputy Chief Administration Officer who also declined to comment on the matter.