Ali Matovu, the Kimanya-Kyabakuza Division LC III chairman where the project was to take place, says the municipality turned around and refused to surrender the parking yard for the pork abattoir. Some residents blame the council for a missed opportunity.
In 2012, Masaka district administration moved to establish a modern abattoir at Kijabweemi village along Masaka-Mbarara Highway by-pass, and got a World Bank funding to a tune of five billion shillings. The plan was to use the idle land at the former transit parking yard for heavy trucks.
In anticipation of the pork abattoir, Kimanya-Kyabakuza division closed down the Wednesday market that operated from the area to allow the project to take off. Over 200 market vendors that operated in the former yard were evicted.
Ali Matovu, the Kimanya-Kyabakuza Division LC III chairman where the project was to take place, says the municipality turned around and refused to surrender the parking yard for the abattoir. It is reported that councilors blocked the project on religious grounds and the division thinks it is an opportunity missed.
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Masaka Municipality Deputy Mayor, Henry Busulwa told Uganda Radio Network that Muslims petitioned the council to reject the project. Busulwa, who is also the health services committee chairperson, says pigs are slaughtered in many places in the municipality but the project was contentious.
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But Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman who is also the secretary for production says the district is still in discussion with the municipality to allow them use the available land because the funding is still available. Kalungi says if the municipality refuses to allow them use the former transit parking yard land, they would look for land elsewhere.
Some residents are accusing the municipality of frustrating this investment. Ddungu Tabula, a resident of Kimanya says the project is necessary to support farmers in the area.
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Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk says he is not aware of the pork project since he is new in the area. The pork abattoir is hoped to provide market to pig farmers in greater Masaka region, as well as jobs.