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Hoima Butchers Go On Strike

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th September 2002 03:00 AM

If you live on beef, you will certainly go hungry for days in Hoima district because the butchers have gone on strike.

By Amlan Tumusiime
If you live on beef, you will certainly go hungry for days in Hoima district because the butchers have gone on strike.

Over 100 butchers have suspended business protesting high taxation by the Hoima Market Vendors Association, which won the tender to manage the abattoir.

The butchers complained that the vendors association was overcharging them.

They vowed not to resume work if the town council did not look into their grievances.

They said they were each charged sh1,500 per head as abattoir fee and sh2,000 each as market dues.
They also said in addition, they pay sh50,000 for a trading license annually.

A fight ensued between the butchers and some members of the vendors association who had forcefully slaughtered some cows at the heavily guarded abattoir. The abattoir was guarded by over 20 machete wielding butchers.

The strike which started on Wednesday has affected hotel business around Hoima town.

Most of the hotel proprietors said many hotels and restaurants were served goat meat, chicken and beans.
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Hoima Butchers Go On Strike

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