Jinja municipal abattoir lacks a functional incinerator and a cold room. An incinerator is used to get rid of carcasses and condemned meat, while the cold room is used for preserving it.
However, the cold room and incinerator at Jinja municipal abattoir have been down for over 15 years. The abattoir, which is found in Walukuba division, was built in 1954.
Nasur Kamya, the Chairperson Jinja Abattoir Traders Association, says the abattoir is dilapidated. The roof of the abattoir leaks while the water trenches are choking with rubbish.
Kamya says currently they use old car tires to dispose of condemned meat due to the absence of a functional incinerator. He says their efforts to convince the municipality to purchase for them a new incinerator haven’t yielded results.
Dr. Francis Opiyo, the Jinja District Meat Inspector notes that many butchers have quit the business after losing millions of Shillings due to failure to store meat because of the absence of a cold room.
He also notes that disposing of condemned meat using vehicle tires increasingly becoming costly because of the costs involved.
Moses Okeya, a meat consumer in Jinja says the absence of vital facilities at the abattoir exposes them health risk.
Some of the residents neighboring the abattoir complain of the smoke and smell emitted from the facility during the burning of the condemned meat. Andrew Bayiga, a motorcyclist operating next to the abattoir, says it is hard to neighbor the abattoir because of the heavy smell.
“Every morning they burn things inside there. The smell is too much. Sometimes we are forced to abandon the stage when they start the burning,” he said.
Francis Byabagambi, the Town Clerk Jinja municipality says their plans to renovate the abattoir are hampered by lack of funds.