Malaba residents in Teso North Sub County, Busia County, were on Tuesday forced to survive without meat delicacies for the better part of the day after businessmen at the Malaba slaughter house went on a go slow following the increment of slaughter charges.
Led by Partrick Omanyala Inyaa, the secretary Association of Meat businessmen, and Wilson Okama, the chairman Malaba slaughter house, they claimed that their views were ignored before the new charges were arrived at.
They claimed that the charges for slaughtering a cow for instance, increased from the initial Ksh. 350 up to 520 per cow while goat charges rose from Ksh. 135 to 250 per each.
The more than 200 bussinessmen called on the county government of Busia led by governor Sospeter Ojaamong to intervene and save them from the high charges introduced.
They also expressed their concern about the possibility of a cholera outbreak citing the pathetic environmental conditions around the slaughter house.
Officials from the county government of Busia checked in to hear the grievances from the worker and promised to amicably solve the issue a move that made them to resume their duties.
“We have resumed business as usual because the county government has heard our plight and promised to look into it.” Said Mr Okama,
He said that they had agreed to iron out the differences with the county including transferring a veterinary doctor whom they accused of handedness.
Some meat loving residents had earlier expressed their annoyance by the move of the county government of Busia to introduce high charges to the slaughter house.
”We are addicted to eating meat. We are really annoyed by the new development.’ Said one resident among a group of residents who had turned up to witness the go slow.
The workers had earlier called on governor Ojaamong to personally visit the facility and address them before the officials from the county arrived.