A number of slaughter houses in Arusha have been shut by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TDFA) after being found operating in filthy conditions.
Normally, it is the Arusha City Council which has the responsibility of checking and maintaining hygiene on these outlets, but of late the authority has been Laissez-faire such that owners of these outlets have been free to operate without abiding by health regulation.
The shut down abattoirs include three, located in the notorious 'roast meat' location of Kwa-Mrombo and one in Sakina area, all dealing with slaughtering goats, sheep and pigs respectively and all of which reported to be operating under unhealthy conditions.
Two abattoirs specializing in slaughtering goats and the one dealing with sheep were closed down in Kwa-Mromboo area, according to the TFDA Inspector Mr Juma Bukuku.
Kwa-Mromboo, is popular for people from the city and outside Arusha, who flock the area to sample various types of roast meat. The area is however yet to be connected with water services and features filthy toilets.
The City Health Officer Ms Angela Mhitu, who tagged along during the exercise, warned the local owners of butcheries as well as slaughter houses, that the ongoing operations will leave no stone unturned and they better start cleaning up their houses.
"Business people and traders in Arusha have always been thinking about money and profit at the expense of residents' health, and this is getting serious at this time when we are experiencing rains," she pointed out.