Sheikh Khalil however, says that the Muslim Community learnt with shock that the Chairman of the Abattoir went ahead to allow non –Muslims to slaughter animals, something he says did not only expose the Muslims to eating unclean meat but can potentially trigger religious clashes between Muslims and members of other faiths.
Community in Gulu city is in arms against Geoffrey Otum, the Chairman of Gulu Main
Abattoir of permitting non-Muslims to slaughter animals for public consumption.
Otum reportedly permitted non –Muslims to slaughter 12 cattle and 9 goats on Wednesday morning when Muslim butchers
decided to law down their tools protesting low slaughter fees.
Any animal or bird slaughtered by a non –Muslim is
not considered Halal by Muslims, which means
impermissible. According to Islamic law, traditional halal meat
is killed by hand in line with strict Islamic laws on slaughtering animals.
Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Kadhi Acholi Muslim District, says that butchers currently a paltry Shillings 500 for each
animal they slaughter, which is far less compared to the fees in other
says that they wrote several letters to the City Clerk asking his office to
consider increasing the fees to UGX 5,000 but didn’t get any response
prompting Muslim butchers to lay down their tools on
Sheikh Khalil however, says that the
Muslim Community learnt with shock that the Chairman of the Abattoir went ahead
to allow non –Muslims to slaughter animals, something he says did not only
expose the Muslims to eating unclean meat but can potentially trigger religious clashes between Muslims and members of other
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Sheik Ismael Ali Omona, the Imam of Gulu Main
Mosque who also doubles as the Head of Slaughter in Acholi Muslim District, says that they
have opened a case of conspiracy against Otum Geoffrey at Gulu Central Police
Station vide SD 25/01/09/2021.
However, Otum has denied the
accusations, saying that all the animals from the abattoir were
slaughtered by Muslim butchers. On Wednesday afternoon, Denise Odongpiny, the Gulu Resident City
Commissioner summoned the Muslim community headed by Sheikh Musa, Gulu City Mayor Alfred Okwonga
and Bardege –Layibi Division Mayor, Patrick Lumumba Oola for a meeting to
resolve the matter.
He explained that they
will fully resolve the matter on Monday next week since the Mayor and other officials have
other urgent engagements in Kampala. He warned the locals against inciting violence between
Muslims and other believers.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor appealed to
Muslim butchers to continue slaughtering animals until the issue of fees is
sorted out at a later time. Gulu has five gazetted animal slaughter points. These include the main
abattoir, Lacor Trading Center, Obiya –Highland, Unyama Trading Center and
Bungatira Trading Center where over 20 animals are slaughtered daily including
cattle, goats and sheep.