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NRM dragged to court over failure to pay rent

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By JULIET KIGONGO

Posted  Tuesday, March 25   2014 at  13:52
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KAMPALA.
The ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been dragged to Commercial Court for failure to clear its headquarter rent arrears amounting to over Shs.361 million.

Nile Travel Agencies Ltd , the Land Lord to NRM , allege that in November ,2011 they entered into a tenancy agreement where they agreed to rent out its premises on plot 10 Kyadondo Road at over Shs10 million per month for 30 months till January 2014 inclusive of VAT payable half yearly in advance.

According to the court documents, NRM entered into possession of the suit property and is to date using the same as the party’s headquarters but has failed and or refused to pay the rent agreed upon as it fell due.

Through Tumusiime, Kabega and company Advocates, the company seeks orders compelling NRM to pay the said monies, a 20% interest till the date of full payment plus General damages for breach of a tenancy agreement.
However, despite several demand reminders, NRM has refused to pay the above money which continues to rise every month that passes by inclusive of 18% of the VAT.

“We shall aver that due to the defendant’s (NRM) actions, the agency has suffered great inconvenience and hardship,” reads part of the case filed by Nile Travel Agencies Ltd.

The court deputy registrar Thaddeus Opeseni signed summons requiring NRM to file its response within 15 days. The case has been allocated to Justice Billy Kainamura for hearing.