Cattle Traders Demand Better Service at Jinja Abattoir

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Traders under Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association (JCTBA) have questioned the quality of service at Jinja Abattoir.

Traders under Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association (JCTBA) have questioned the quality of service at Jinja Abattoir.
 
The traders argue that for the fees they pay to the abattoir, they should be getting much better service. However, the group contracted to run the abattoir has turned a deaf ear to their complaints for the last three months.
 
The cattle traders say that the abattoir cannot gurantee the safety of their animals before sale.
 
In October 2012, Jinja municipal council awarded a tender to Jinja Abattoir Traders Association (JATA).
 
JATA is supposed to to issue receipts in case one delivers animals to the abattoir and collect handling and slaughter of animal fees
 
The cattle traders claim that JATA has woefully failed to meet its obligations. In 2012 alone 51 animals including goats and cattle disappeared from the Jinja abattoir.
 
Ronald Odeke, a member of JCTBA lost nine heads of cattle last year. He could not claim compensation because JATA officials had failed to issue him receipts.
 
Saidi Kabanda, Secretary JCTBA says the cattle traders need receipts because the abattoir is not guarded day or night.
 
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This is in spite of the fact that the 53 members under the JCTBA pay 6100 shillings as slaughtering fees and 7000 shillings for handling their animals to JATA.
 
Mohammed Bogere, a member of JCTBA,  says the rate at which animals are getting lost is alarming.
 
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Frank Naluswa, Chairman JATA, says his association is devising means to overcome problems of theft, insecurity and lack of electricity.

He says JATA has so far reconnected water at the abattoir and will look into all the cattle traders grievances.
 
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David Kyasanku, Jinia municipal Council Town Clerk says he recently visited the abattoir and all the association at Jinja abattoir expressed their problems which will be handled by the relevant authorities.