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Rukiga Butchers Protest Sudden Hike in Animal Slaughtering Costs

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Butchers in Rukiga, Uganda, Upset Over Sudden Fee Hike
Butchers in Rukiga, Uganda, Upset Over Sudden Fee Hike
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Butchers in Rwamucucu sub-county in Rukiga district are voicing their concerns about the recently raised slaughtering fees. They had been paying sh2,000 for each goat or pig they slaughtered and sh5,000 for a cow. However, last week, the veterinary department instructed them to start paying sh5,000 for each goat or pig and sh10,000 per cow that they slaughter. Amon Rutare Naturinda, the Chairperson of Rwamucucu Traders Association, expressed surprise at the revised fees. He explained that the authorities did not provide any reasons for the increase.

Naturinda emphasized that what has particularly angered the butchers is the presence of armed police officers during the collection of the new fees. Rutare alleged that they had received information suggesting that one of the veterinary officers in the district was responsible for awarding the contract to collect slaughtering fees.

Gerald Kamanina, Dalton Kahakyiteme, and Charity Kahemura Kamazooma have joined the protest, deeming the fee hike excessive and unjustifiable. They pointed out that veterinary authorities are threatening to arrest any butcher who hesitates to pay.

Eddie Mugisha, the Rwamucucu sub-county LC3 Chairman, accused the district authorities of increasing the slaughtering fees without informing the butchers or the sub-county leadership. Mugisha stated that he has written to district authorities, requesting a reconsideration of the fees to support the butchers’ businesses.

When contacted by our reporter, Godfrey Bukoosi, the Rukiga district veterinary officer, declined to comment on the matter, stating that he does not speak on behalf of the district. Robert Mbabazi Kakwerere, the Rukiga District LC5 Chairperson, has assured that he will investigate the issue and provide a detailed statement later.