Butchers Arrested In Rumbek Over Meat Price Hikes

Butchers operating in Rumbek township have been apprehended by security officers following their decision to increase the price of meat without due consultation with relevant authorities in Lakes State.

Butchers Arrested In Rumbek Over Meat Price Hikes
Meat traders in a Rumbek market butchery [©Heather & Joel]

By Manyang Mayom 
RUMBEK, 28th April, 2011 [Gurtong] - Butchers operating in Rumbek township have been apprehended by security officers following their decision to increase the price of meat without due consultation with relevant authorities in Lakes State.
 
According to the Town Mayor of Rumbek, Sabit Chawop Mabor, the butcher men were arrested due to high illegal increase of meat prices without the government authority.

Chawop condemned the resolution by butchers to increase the price of meat without consulting Town Council offices, terming the butchers’ decision a total violation of the law regulations and as corruption.

Chawop confirmed the apprehension of the butchers that took place on Tuesday, adding that legal charges have been levelled against them.

He insisted that Lakes State Government will not permit any increase in meat prices, promising alternative provision if the butchers refuse to comply with the set business regulations.
 
The mayor affirmed that the price of meat in Rumbek is expected to be revised downwards, explaining that unlike imported foodstuff, meat is locally produced and that factors around its pricing can be studied and duly revised to the level of affordability by ordinary people.

He called on the public to exercise patience as his office tackles the matter, encouraging households to consider alternatives to meat, like going for fish.
 
Meat prices in Rumbek market rose from 10 SP per kilogram to 13 SP, representing a 30 percent increase in the last few days.

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29/04/2011, 5:03 AM
 - Posted by Manyang Mador Koch
Everything in Southern Sudan is done by intimidation and harrassment without formal consultation between State Workers Union and local government.

This matter of meat prices in Lakes State, is not a criminal matter but civil issue that should only involved local authorities and Workers Union to resolve it peacefully. God is not yet granting
Southern Sudanese people true leaders who can lead them in peace.

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