Long awaited plans by the Ilala Municipal Council of building a modern abattoir set out back in March 2000 seems to have hit a snag, investigations by The Guardian on Sunday can reveal.
Council officials say that the plans were part of future economic development plans to ease the supply of meat in the city of Dar es Salaam.
The building was initially planned to be constructed near Kiltex industrial premises along the road to Pugu Auction market at Gongo la Mboto on the city’s outskirts, and would require large sums of money to its completion.
The building’s costs were earlier estimated at Sh7.4 billion due to special equipment and modern facilities which have to be installed such as cold rooms, slaughtering and skinning machines as well as separate changing rooms for workers.
The Guardian on Sunday has of recent made a follow up on the project to see its implementation as per the programme set since it was announced over a decade ago, but discovered that the whole plan was outside the budget due to a continuous financial squeeze.
When contacted for comment, the Director of Ilala Municipal Council, Gabriel Fuime said early this week that the council is now looking for a strategic investor to build the abattoir as the council is no longer able to afford the costs of a modern abattoir.
He said his office had earmarked a number of areas to locate the facility, including Kitunda, Chanika and anywhere else within the district convenient enough to place the facility.
The faltering project has to some extent affected business operations of meat traders in the city in need of a modern abattoir, but they retained their expectations on the issue knowing the district council is aware of its importance.
In an interview with this paper, meat trader Eliakim Sagara, a Dodoma resident running his business of butcheries in Temeke district, wondered why the city of Dar es Salaam still depends upon poorly constructed abattoirs with dilapidated slaughter houses constructed way back in the mid 1960s.