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Kenya: Workers accuse Chinese owned Silzha abattoir of flouting health standards & failure to pay workers; company comments

Author: Bakari Angela, Standard Digital (Kenya), Published on: 28 September 2019

"Turkana-based Chinese donkey abattoir on spot over unfit meat, animal theft"

A Chinese company operating a donkey abattoir in Lodwar, Turkana County is on the spot for allegedly selling uninspected donkey meat and frustrating workers. Angry locals said they want Silzha Company Limited investigated over claims of environmental pollution and mistreatment of workers. The firm is located at Napetet in Turkana Central,  five kilometers from Lodwar town, and is run by two Chinese nationals. Silzha, which authorities say slaughters an average of 30 donkeys daily, exports the donkey meat to China and other countries.  Mohammed Katembo, a field Manager of Silzha Limited said " It is more than one a year and some of us have not been paid. I don't have any source of money.  We have been patient for a long time to the extent the walls of trust have started cracking."

 "Donkeys from Sasame, Karebur,  Kokuro and Lomanakeju inTurkana North have not been paid for since last year.  We have reported the issue to police station Lodwar OB 18/20/05/2019," he added. Production supervisor Lucas Ereman lamented the work-based situation too. "Life is becoming hard here because we work with no pay, my family depends on me, my children are at home because of school fees, we are tired of empty promises each and every time," posed Ereman...

Liu Wenchen and  Jiang Baogui, the Chinese nationals managing the abattoir denied the claims, saying they export quality donkey meat. “We package and sell all the meat to our international markets. We don’t want wastage because we buy the donkeys at high prices,” he said....However, company manager Liu Wanchen said the firm was facing financial challenges and promised that they will be paid soon. Ironically,  Liu acknowledged that they usually export spoilt meat to avoid unnecessary losses because they buy the animals at higher prices. 

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