Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse protesting traders

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is still engaged in running battles with traders in Kiseka market protesting the remand of Kyadondo East Mp Robert Kyagulanyi. Our reporter Robert Ssegawa has the rest of the story

Singer Bobi Wine was on Monday charged with disobedience of statutory duty and remanded to Luzira prison by Buganda road court chief magistrate Nahilya

The traders today, locked their shops and took to the streets demanding for the immediate release of the singer Bobi wine. Traders blocked the road around down town Kiseka market, burning old car tyres which prompted police to swing into action.

Police have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse traders. The military has been called in to reinforce the police in a bid to calm the situation.

Bobi wine will next appear in court on the 2nd of May.

There is also heavy deployment of men in the uniform in Natete and Busega roundabout after security got intelligence that a group of youth are planning to demonstrate.

Police trucks known as Mamba’s, are visibly parked at Busega roundabout, while police and UPDF men are foot patrol in area. Other security personnel have deployed on top different buildings in town.

According to Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson “deployment in different parts of the city is aimed at keeping law and order”.

Traders withdraw case from civil court to land division

By Sania Babirye
Traders on the three building owned by businessmen Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu have withdrawn their case from the high court civil division and filed it before the the High court Land division following the mysterious way in which the case file was allocated to a new judge without their knowledge.

Through their lawyer Erias Lukwago, the traders contend that their case file was first case listed before Justice Musa Ssekana and was set for hearing on the 8th of this month but when it came for hearing, they were surprised to see that tge original judge was dropped and replaced by justice Andrew Bashaijja without their knowledge.

Lukwago further says that following the way the case file mysteriously changed from one judge to another they wanted to inquire why but later gave up and accepted to go with justice Bashaijja since he is also a judicial officer.

He however says that along the way, the tradeds have received many injustices under justice Bashaijja forcing them to withdraw the case and transfer it to the land division of the high court.

The case has now been allocated to Land division high court Rugadya Nkonge who has set the 16th of this month to hear the case.

However, justice Bashaijja has for the second time ordered that the frustrated traders pay costs to the two businessmen because they have incurred costs along the way through hiring lawyers to represent them in the high court.

On the 10th of April the same judge (Basaijja) ordered the Traders to pay costs to the businessmen after dismissing their application with costs in which they wanted court to allow another file before the ongoing land division to be added to this current file before the high court civil division.

The three buildings include Qualicel, Nabukeera and Jamboree all located at downtown Kampala.

Justice Bashaijja dismissed Lukwago’s application in which he wanted to appeal a ruling that had denied him a chance to amend his pleadings before the court.

The case had came up for hearing and during his submissions, Lukwago had asked court to allow him to add an application that is before the Land division to be part of that in the civil division of the Highcourt.

However Justice Bashaijja instead declined Lukwago’s submissions and ordered that the application be heard as it is.

The 291 traders through their lawyer Erias Lukwago had petitioned the court to allow them to deposit their rent arias on an independent account until court determined who owned and managed the said buildings.

The Traders want to deposit rent monies with a safe account in court until court decides on who of the three warring parties including Drake Lubega , Mansur Matovu and the management of Horizon Coaches formerly belonging to the late businessman Charles Muhangi owns and manages the said buildings .

The buildings are currently being claimed by city businessmen Drake Lubega, Mansur Matovu alias Young and the late rally driver Charles Muhangi through his Horizone coaches ltd.

On the 2nd of April 291 the traders filled their suit escorted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago asking court to summon the warring factions to appear before court and clarify on who is the real owner and manager of the contentious buildings.

Currently, both Lubega and Mansur are claiming ownership of the building following the sudden and abrupt death of Muhangi in February this year to whom the traders were paying their rent arrears too.

These have since informed the traders that the buildings belongs to them not the late Muhangi whom the supreme court had declared owner of the buildings.

And worse still the now new owners and managers are forcing the traders to not only pay their current arrears to them, but also agaib pay the already five months arears that they had paid to Muhangi when he was still alive.

These have also gone ahead and closed the shops of those traders who are not willing to clear to them the already rent arrears that they had paid to the late Muhangi which has seen traders protesting.

However, the traders insist that they do not know who is the real owner and manger of the buildings to whom they should pay rent too since the court had declared that Muhangi owned the said buildings and he was doing so until his sudden death.

The traders also insist that if court clarifies on the rightful owner, that they are willing to pay the rent arias to him starting with the new months (February) but not even the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi through Horizon Coaches ltd as being demanded by the alleged new owners.

According to the traders, the supreme court placed the management of the three buildings under Horizon Coaches ltd on the 5th of November 2018.

These further claim that after the supreme court order, the buildings were renovated and renamed Horizon city and Bazanya Nengo respectively and each tenant was ordered to pay a 1.2 million shillings as registration fee which they cleared .

Thay further state that the tenantshave since then been paying rent fees ranging from 400, 000 to 3 million shillings to Horizon Coaches until some time in February this year when both Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu showed up each claiming ownership and management of the 3 buildings.

The traders say that apart from the two claiming owners hiring stick wielding men and security to beat them, these have also turned off electricity and other utilities and locking their shops and threatened to evict any trader who will continue with paying their rent arrears to Horizon Coaches.

These are now asking court to issue an injunction stopping the 2 businessmen from further trespassing and interfering with their business premises until issues of management are clarified and settled by court .

They also want court to order Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu to pay them General damages for loss of business and inconvenience after the two closed their shops yet they had cleared their due rent arrears.

On the 21st of March this year the traders closed their shops and protested after their power was switched off by allegedly Young after they refused to pay the double rent.

These were also demanding an independent account on which they should pay their rent because they were tired of paying rent to one person abd then after someone else comes and claims to be the real owner of the building.

It took Kampala central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko intervention to have the power turned on and promised to take the traders grievances to Parliament fir redress.

In November 2018, President Museveni met the three people fighting for the buildings in a move to solve the problem after ownership wrangles broke out after Muhangi evictees Drake Lubega and his agent Young from the buildings on plot 43 to 47 in Nakivubo road using a letter from the solicitor Generals which letter was then recalled by the solicitor general.

Drake Lubega and the late Charles Muhangi had for long been fighting over the ownership of the buildings and the supreme court declared Muhangi the owner after Lubega had withdrew his appeal.

The calmness did not take long because when Muhangi died in February this year, Lubega came back and claimed to be the owner and ordered the traders to clear a rebt areas including the rent for the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi before he passed away.

However, the traders are contesting the double payment and are also confused on who is the real owner or manager of the said buildings to whom rent arrears should be paid to.

According to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the traders on the three arcades including Jamboree, Qualicell and Nabukera are legal tenants who are being constrained by Drake Lubega and Young.

He says that these in November 2018 both the supreme court and constitutional court gave Muhangi ownership of the arcades and the traders being law abiding citizens followed the court order before Drake once again came back and caused the commotion.

He says that the traders have sufferers massive loses due to drake Lubega’s actions and should be compensated as a result.

Meanwhile, government has since issued an order to Lubega to not close the buildings and allow court to do its work.

These have also been told to not pay any rent until court has clarified who is the rightful manager of the said buildings.

However, Drake Lubega insists that if anyone does not want to pay him hia rent then they should leave his building.

Traders’ rent case flops

Kampala High court judge Andrew Byabasaija has pushed to the 10th of this week hearing of the case in which Traders from Qualicell bus Terminal ,Nabukeera plaza and Jamboree Arcades petitioned the High court -Land division asking to deposit their rent with its ( court’s ) cashier until the ongoing management problems on who owns the buildings are sorted out.

The case was meant to be heard on Monday Afternoon, however, the judge pushed it to Wednesday this week to allow both sides to organize their defense.

The buildings are currently being claimed by city businessmen Drake Lubega, Mansur Matovu alias Young and the late rally driver Charles Muhangi through his Horizon coaches ltd.

On the 2nd of April 291 traders filed their suit escorted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago asking court to summon the warring factions to appear before court and clarify on who is the real owner and manager of the contentious buildings.

Currently, both Lubega and Mansur are claiming ownership of the building following the sudden and abrupt death of Muhangi in February this year to whom the traders were paying their rent arrears too.

These have since informed the traders that the buildings belongs to them not the late Muhangi whom the supreme court had declared owner of the buildings.

And worse still the now new owners and managers are forcing the traders to not only pay their current arrears to them, but also again pay the already five months arrears that they had paid to Muhangi when he was still alive.

These have also gone ahead and closed the shops of those traders who are not willing to clear to them the already rent arrears that they had paid to the late Muhangi which has seen traders protesting.

However, the traders insist that they do not know who is the real owner and manger of the buildings to whom they should pay rent too since the court had declared that Muhangi owned the said buildings and he was doing so until his sudden death.

The traders also insist that if court clarifies on the rightful owner, that they are willing to pay the rent arias to him starting with the new months (February) but not even the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi through Horizon Coaches ltd as being demanded by the alleged new owners.

According to the traders, the supreme court placed the management of the three buildings under Horizon Coaches ltd on the 5th of November 2018.

These further claim that after the supreme court order, the buildings were renovated and renamed Horizon city and Bazanya N’engo respectively and each tenant was ordered to pay a 1.2 million shillings as registration fee which they cleared .

They further state that the tenants have since then been paying rent fees ranging from 400, 000 to 3 million shillings to Horizon Coaches until some time in February this year when both Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu showed up each claiming ownership and management of the 3 buildings.

The traders say that apart from the two claiming owners hiring stick wielding men and security to beat them, these have also turned off electricity and other utilities and locking their shops and threatened to evict any trader who wi continue with paying their rent arrears to Horizon Coaches.

These are now asking court to issue an injunction stopping the 2 businessmen from further trespassing and interfering with their business premises until issues of management are clarified and settled by court .

They also want court to order Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu to pay them General damages for loss of business and inconvenience after the two closed their shops yet they had cleared their due rent arrears.

On the 21st of March this year the traders closed their shops and protested after their power was switched off by allegedly Young after they refused to pay the double rent.

These were also demanding an independent account on which they should pay their rent because they were tired of paying rent to one person then someone else comes and claims to be the real owner of the building.

It took Kampala central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko’s intervention to have the power turned on and promised to take the traders grievances to Parliament for redress.

In November 2018, President Museveni met the three persons fighting for the buildings in a move to solve the problem after ownership wrangles broke out after Muhangi evicted Drake Lubega and his agent Young from the buildings on plot 43 to 47 in Nakivubo road using a letter from the solicitor General’s which letter was then recalled by the solicitor general.

Drake Lubega and the late Charles Muhangi had for long been fighting over the ownership of the buildings and the supreme court declared Muhangi the owner after Lubega had withdrew his appeal.

The calmness did not take long because when Muhangi died in February this year, Lubega came back and claimed to be the owner and ordered the traders to clear a debt areas including the rent for the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi before he passed away.

However, the traders are contesting the double payment and are also confused on who is the real owner or manager of the said buildings to whom rent arrears should be paid to.

According to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the traders on the three arcades including Jamboree, Qualicell and Nabukera are legal tenants who are being constrained by Drake Lubega and Young.

He says that these in November 2018 both the supreme court and constitutional court gave Muhangi ownership of the arcades and the traders being law abiding citizens followed the court order before Drake once again came back and caused the commotion.

He says that the traders have suffered massive loses due to drake Lubega’s actions and should be compensated asca result.

Meanwhile, government has since issued an order to Lubega to not close the buildings and allow court to do its work.

These have also been told to not pay any rent until court has clarified who is the rightful manager of the said buildings.

However, Drake Lubega insists that if anyone does not want to pay him his rent then they should leave his building.

Qualicell traders drag Drake Lubega and Young to court

Traders from Qualicell bus Terminal , Nabukeera plaza and Jamboree Arcades have petitioned the High court -Land division asking to deposit their rent with its ( court’s ) cashier until the ongoing management problems on who owns the buildings are sorted out.

The buildings are currently being claimed by city businessmen Drake Lubega, Mansur Matovu alias Young and the late rally driver Charles Muhangi through his Horizon coaches ltd.

The 291 have today filled their suit escorted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago asking court to summon the warring factions to appear before court and clarify on who is the real owner and manager of the contentious buildings.

Currently, both Lubega and Mansur are claiming ownership of the building following the sudden and abrupt death of Muhangi in February this year to whom the traders were paying their rent arrears too.

These have since informed the traders that the buildings belongs to them not the late Muhangi whom the supreme court had declared owner of the buildings.

And worse still the now new owners and managers are forcing the traders to not only pay their current arrears to them, but also agaib pay the already five months arrears that they had paid to Muhangi when he was still alive.

These have also gone ahead and closed the shops of those traders who are not willing to clear to them the already rent arrears that they had paid to the late Muhangi which has seen traders protesting.

However, the traders insist that they do not know who is the real owner and manger of the buildings to whom they should pay rent too since the court had declared that Muhangi owned the said buildings and he was doing so until his sudden death.

The traders also insist that if court clarifies on the rightful owner, that they are willing to pay the rent arias to him starting with the new months (February) but not even the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi through Horizon Coaches ltd as being demanded by the alleged new owners.

According to the traders, the supreme court placed the management of the three buildings under Horizon Coaches ltd on the 5th of November 2018.

These further claim that after the supreme court order, the buildings were renovated and renamed Horizon city and Bazanya Nengo respectively and each tenant was ordered to pay a 1.2 million shillings as registration fee which they cleared .

That further state that the tenants have since then been paying rent fees ranging from 400, 000 to 3 million shillings to Horizon Coaches until some time in February this year when both Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu showed up each claiming ownership and management of the 3 buildings.

The traders say that apart from the two claiming owners hiring stick wielding men and security to beat them, these have also turned off electricity and other utilities and locking their shops and threatened to evict any trader who wi continue with paying their rent arrears to Horizon Coaches.

These are now asking court to issue an injunction stopping the 2 businessmen from further trespassing and interfering with their business premises until issues of management are clarified and settled by court .

They also want court to order Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu to pay them General damages for loss of business and inconvenience after the two closed their shops yet they had cleared their due rent arrears.

On the 21st of March this year the traders closed their shops and protested after their power was switched off by allegedly Young after they refused to pay the double rent.

These were also demanding an independent account on which they should pay their rent because they were tired of paying rent to one person abd then after someone else comes and claims to be the real owner of the building.

It took Kampala central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko intervention to have the power turned on and promised to take the traders grievances to Parliament fir redress.

In November 2018, President Museveni met the three people fighting for the buildings in a move to solve the problem after ownership wrangles broke out after Muhangi evictes Drake Lubega and his agent Young from the buildings on plot 43 to 47 in Nakivubo road using a letter from tge solicitor Generals which letter was then recalled by the solicitor general.

Drake Lubega and the late Charles Muhangi had for long been fighting over the ownership of the buildings and the supreme court declared Muhangi the owner after Lubega had withdrew his appeal.

The calmness did not take long because when Muhangi died in February this year, Lubega came back and claimed to be the owner and ordered the traders to clear a the areas including the rent for the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi before he passed away.

However, the traders are contesting the double payment and are also confused on who is the real owner or manager of the said buildings to whom rent arrears should be paid to.

According to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the traders on the three arcades including Jamboree, Qualicell and Nabukera are legal tenants who are being constrained by Drake Lubega and Young.

He says that these in November 2018 both the supreme court and constitutional court gave Muhangi ownership of the arcades and the traders being law abiding citizens followed the court order before Drake once again came back and caused the commotion.

He says that the traders have suffererd massive loses due to drake Lubega’s actions and should be compensated asca result.

KACITA worried about growing debt burden

By Daudi Zirimala

The Kampala City Traders Association, Kacita is concerned about the high debt burden Uganda is having saying this has affected their businesses and exchange rate Volatility.

According to KACITA Spokesperson Issa Ssekitto, the indebtedness of the country has forced commercial banks to increase borrowing terms for traders which later affect their businesses.

Ssekitto says the only way the government can reduce on the debt burden is by reducing on the administrative costs because this alone has consumed a lot of money borrowed from different banks.

Uganda’s public debt has been sporadically rising from only $1.9b in the 2008/09 financial year to over $11b currently.

Taking the rate at which Uganda is paying off its debt, it will take 94 years to repay the existing stock of debt. This is according to a report by the Parliament’s Committee on National Economy for the 2016/17 financial year.

The report puts the stock of external debt for both the public and private sector at 41.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), up from 40.2 per cent in the preceding financial year.

It warns that the risk of Uganda rolling over external debt is increasing, just like the cost of attracting debt as the government continues to source for external debt on less concessional terms.

Traders accused of assaulting KCCA officer granted bail

By Sania Babirye

City hall grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza  granted a 200,000U shillings each  cash bail to  Nine traders from Usafi market  who are charged with assaulting KCCA law enforcement officers while on duty this month.

These were charged and remanded to Luzira prison on the 13th of this month after they pleaded not guilty to the offenses.
They have been ordered to return back to court on the 16th of May 2018 as investigations into the case continues.
Prosecution states that on the 13th of this month while at Usafi market the group led by 50year old Peter Simulema threw stones at  law enforcement officer while on duty.

Traders protest against Chinese who are doing petty businesses

By Robert Segawa
Business has come to a standstill as Traders operating in arcades around  Nakasero market closed their shops expressing dissatisfaction over the Chinese traders who came as  investors but now doing petty  businesses which Ugandans can take care of.
The angry traders  operating on Seroma arcade, Nalule Arcade, MM arcade among others deal  mainly in hardware materials  and   accuse Chinese investors for engaging in retail businesses and selling at low cost hence pushing them out of business.
Ugandan traders closed their shops in a peaceful demonstration with placards asking Chinese investors to go back to their country.
Police from Central Police Station has been heavily deployed around the place to prevent violence and   the DPC CPS,  Joseph Bakaleke asked traders to be calm and warned them to desist from forcing those with open shops to close

Masaka traders frustrated that poor infrastructure is retarding the growth of the municipality

Poor road infrastructure and unstable power supply are key factors frustrating the growth of investment in Masaka municipality, according to local investors. This is contained in a petition from the investors to the Greater Masaka Consortium, an association of local governments in the region.

Led by Dr. Fulgensio Jjuujo, the Chairperson Masaka Investor’s Association, the local businessmen say the poor road network and power outages are frustrating investment in Masaka. Masaka municipality been slow at attracting big investments since the 1979 war, which saw it bombed flat.

It also suffered some of the effects of the National Resistance Army liberation struggle. Despite this some business people have injected huge sums of money in key investments in the municipality.

Some of the notable investors are Sarah Kiyimba, the proprietor Hotel Brovad, Dr. Fulgesio Jjuko, the proprietor Garden Courts Hotel and Tropic Inn Hotel, Joseph Kiyimba of Ambiance Discotheque, Emmanuel Lwasa of Tervan Kicking Discotheque and Lwasa Gardens.

Dr. Fulgensio Jjuujo, the Chairperson Masaka Investor’s Association, says majority of the roads in Masaka town are in a very sorry state, which directly affects their investments. He says the poor roads scare away other would be investors.

The investors cite the road connecting Nyendo township to Masaka municipality, which they say hasn’t had any major rehabilitation for years. Nyendo road is under the management of Uganda National Roads Authority. Paul Muwanga, the proprietor of Nandis Hotel at Bwala Hill, says the municipality has failed to work on the road connecting Masaka town from Kidda.

He says the dust from the road is scary, which prompted him to devise of blocking it from entering his hotel. Emmanuel Lwasa, the proprietor of Lwasa Events which owns Tervan Kicking Discotheque and Lwasa Gardens in Kyabakuza also had to open his own access route to his investment. He is now counting on the Municipality to tarmac the road connecting to his businesses.

Matia Ssamula, the proprietor of Welding Center in Masaka town decries the persistent power outages, saying he has suffered several losses. According to Ssamula, Masaka municipality hasn’t had stable power since 2010. Ssamula says he has an order to weld windows, doors and gate but he isn’t sure whether he will deliver on time because of unreliable power supply.

He is worried that the first school term might start before he delivers on the orders, which isn’t good for his business. Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor admits the poor road network. He however, says they expect to work on key roads by close of the year with funding from World Bank.

Kayemba says much as the municipality would love to open all roads, they don’t have money to work on them. Patra Kyarisiima, the Masaka Umeme Area Manager declined to comment on the unstable power supply.

 

 

 

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