Huye butchers decry tax demand despite operating in a forest

Butchers operating their activities in the forest located in Kinazi Sector, Huye District appeal for protection on hygiene of their meat, which is now doubtful since people going to the market nearby use the forest for short and long calls while, in the night, the forest becomes a hideout for dogs while others gather there to spend their rest time.

They say their claims should be considered since they pay taxes for the butcher ground which is in that forest.

The forest is located near ‘Arrete’, a place commonly known in the region for milk delivery, across Kinazi Sector Offices, few meters away from the market, passing by the milk collection in Gahana Cell.

All sense organs start to function when you enter the forest. Butchers do their work keeping a close eye on the dogs around there fighting for the meat leftovers and bones in a thorny forest. You could hear here and there pigs and goats making noise, knives being sharpened one on one. You can’t really escape bad smell from meat remainders, animal hides, and fur erased from pork.

You could find animal farces, used condoms and cotex. It is a forest of dark background and pied crows in the sky making some noise.

You are required to be careful while entering this forest as the butchers working there do not like sudden strangers who disturb them. They can even kill you, probably.

Lack of butchery house reporter finds four people in the forest, two are butchering a goat at the top of the forest hillside, and at the lower are two people, one waiting for a butcher to finish his butchering pork operation, before he pays him when it is ready.

It is said that these butchers have been operating their butchery operations and business for five years, and the butchery ground they built is getting old.


A butcher said, “We made some arrangements and built this butchery compound, but when we take the meat to our selling stands, we are asked to pay taxes, regardless of where we prepared operated the butchery”

When you reach the house where this butcher sells the meat, you find many tax payment slips from last year till then. When you look well, he butchers three pigs a week and pays taxes worth Rwf 1000 for each, meaning that he butchers 12 in a month, and lover 10 more butchers use this spot to operate their butchery.

He says, “at least two cows, five goats and three pigs are butchered on this spot every day, and the number can be twice or over during market days on Fridays”.

The master plan will come up with a solution- sector administration


Vital Mugabo, the Executive Secretary of Kinazi Sector, admits the forest has been turned into butchery and feels anxious about the hygiene of the butchery spot, urging butcher to clean it after their operations adding that fines are waiting for those who do not respect to the rule.

He also revealed that the sector is soon finding them a cleaning company that will be cleaning the spot, and take the bin to Nyanza.

Mugabo also says that they are waiting for the master plan of Arrete town. “We told the butchers to group into a cooperative and build their own butchery but we are waiting for the master plan of our town which is growing day after day, and in collaboration with Rwanda Housing Authority and Huye District, the master plan could be available by June, according to designers. We will then get to know where the butchery will be built” he says adding that the case of firing non-domestic dogs from the region requires consistency.

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