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City abattoir leader attacked, 10 injuredPublish Date: Dec 28, 2013
City abattoir leader attacked, 10 injured
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Police tried to quell the tension at the city abattoir. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya

By John Agaba

PORT BELL ROAD - An unusual aura of tension filled Kampala city abattoir located along Port Bell Road when a scuffle ensued after unknown men attacked the chairman of the meat traders on Friday.

Some 10 people were critically injured as a result and were taken to Mulago hospital.

About 30 men armed with iron bars, hammers, machetes and pointed objects stormed the office of the chairman of City Abattoir Traders Development Association, Abbey Mugamba at around 11.00am local time (EAT) and confronted him.

A witness said one of the men swung a machete at the chairman, clearly intending to cut his head off.

In a movie-like scenario, the victim dodged the first strike, but he was not lucky twice when another one of the ‘thugs’ hit him on the head with an iron bar.

The incident drew the attention of the meat traders who collected at the scene and descended onto the ‘thugs’.

Some who managed to escape the wrath of the traders are said to have made away with millions of shillings in cash.

Jinja Road police swung into action to calm the situation in the usually busy place commonly known as Lufula.

Police records showed at least 10 people were seriously injured, some sustaining deep cut injures.

It remains unclear what the motive of the group was, but some traders operating in the abattoir pointed to leadership conflicts.

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