With plans to rehabilitate Hoima main abattoir unrealised for almost half a decade now, the urban authorities are in advanced stages to turn the current abattoir site into a market.
About five years ago then Hoima town council resolved to modernize and transfer the abattoir from Kiryatete to another site. The process went as far as looking for an alternative site for the facility, but the process eventually hit a dead end even as meat consumers and butchers continued to complain over the poor state of the abattoir in Kiryatete.
Authorities have always blamed budgetary constraints for the delayed implementation of the project.
But now the latest development is that Kahoora division is planing to transform the two acre abattoir land into a market.
Samuel Muganzi, the Division town clerk confirmed the development; saying that council has already approved the idea. Muganzi says this is part of the ongoing campaign to reorganize the town.
Muganzi argues that the abattoir is poorly situated in the centre of town, lacks running water and is in a state of disrepair.
Muganzi says however the market will start after relocating the abattoir.
Muganzi met members of Hoima Butchers Association on Monday. He says the butchers welcomed the idea and agreed to enter a partnership with the Municipal council in building the abattoir.
Under the partnership the butchers will secure land and build a slaughter slab, the revenue that accrue will be shared on a percentage yet to be agreed.Its estimated that the temporary abbattoir will cost more than 50million shillings.
Muganzi says it has been agreed that the butchers association reports to council their progress in securing land in two weeks, as the abattoir should be at the new site by May.
Muganzi says the slaughter slab will be temporary but meet the basic required standard. He says council cannot build a modern abattoir since the municipal council will be built one in the fourth phase of the Urban Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID Project.
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USMID is a World Bank funded project being implemented in selected Municipalities in Uganda, Hoima inclusive.
Gabriel Dema, the secretary for Finance Kahoora Division says the abattoir has been neglected despite fetching council much revenue. He says relocating the facility and improving it is a better idea. Council fetches two million shillings in revenue from the abattoir every two months.
Godfrey Kutegeka, the chairman Hoima Butchers Association says all they look forward to, is having improved services at the facility regardless of where it will be relocated to.