By Matthew Okello
The Tororo Municipality Veterinary Department has recommended for the burning of over 180KGS of illegal meat that was impounded by police belonging to Gabriel Okiru, a meat dealer at Tororo Central Market.
Following complaints from locals over increased theft of cattle in the district, Tororo police in an intelligence led operation commanded by the Tororo district police commander, Adam Kumuli on Tuesday morning at 4am impounded the meat that had been smuggled into Tororo central market.
According to the DPC, police received intelligence from the veterinary department that meat dealers have been smuggling illegal unhealthy meat to the market.
They then deployed officers all over town who tracked boda boda riders carrying sacks and one was followed up to the main market where he entered with illegal meat using gate 9.
Police entered and found them chopping meat into pieces at 4am for sale in Okiru’s butchery.
After preliminary investigations, police then arrested Gabriel Okiru, the brain behind the illegal meat and his worker, Charles Ochar who are being charged of being in possession of stolen meat and contravening section 9 of the public health act that condemns transporting of unstamped meat into the market.
Lillian Kako, the Tororo municipality assistant Animal husbandry officer recommended the meat to be burnt because it did not follow the right procedure to the market.
She warned that selling of unauthorized meat in the market puts the lives of consumers at health risks and her office will intensify operation by the help of the police to ensure that the vice is brought to standstill.