Nairobi County’s famous Kiamaiko goat slaughterhouse faces relocation after City MCAs faulted its hygienic condition.
This follows a damning report by the Nairobi Assembly Environment committee that pointed out the fact that the abattoir was located at a densely populated area, saying that the site was making the slaughterhouse unfit as a food handling entity.
The report also faulted the drainage system and the general environment around the abattoir located in Eastlands, especially the drainage system outside the facility which they termed “not all that good”.
“The floors of the abattoir were not in good condition and the general environment around the slaughterhouse was not all that good especially drainage outside the abattoir,” read the report in part tabled and adopted by the Assembly last week.
AVOID OUTBREAK OF DISEASES
The committee, chaired by deputy speaker John Kamau, has also called for all slaughterhouses located in estates or densely populated areas to be relocated to ensure good food safety standards to avoid outbreak of diseases, including cholera.
They said that the location of such abattoirs in informal settlements make it difficult to enhance food safety standards, revealing that most slaughterhouses in the county are in deplorable conditions with the county government having limited control over them since they are under private ownership.
The county legislators blamed existing laws governing management of abattoirs and meat (animal) control, which they said are not in line with the 2010 Constitution and were contributing to the challenges affecting the sub-sector.