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Muhangi family, Young row: Tenants run to Parliament

Thursday March 14 2019

Contested.  Police officers deploy at the

Contested. Police officers deploy at the contested Qualicel Bus Terminal land while enforcing the eviction order against the family of late Charles Muhangi in downtown, Kampala, recently. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA 


Kampala. Traders under the Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum (Kaafo) have run to Parliament over the ongoing row between tycoon Drake Francis Lubega and the family of deceased businessman Charles Muhangi over the ownership of Qualicel Bus Terminal Shopping Centre.
In their petition on Tuesday, the traders have warned of potential chaos if an estimated 3,000 tenants that occupy the three arcades go ahead with threats of a sit-down strike.
With the eviction of Muhangi’s family on February 21, traders have petitioned a number of government offices saying they are being forced by Mr Lubega to pay rent for November and December, yet they had already paid the rent to Muhangi.
“On February 20, Mr Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu were forced back as the landlords and through their supervisors, they have instructed all tenants to pay arrears which were [already] paid to Muhangi. This indicates double payments by the traders,” reads the petition.
If the pending strike is to be averted, Hajj Hussein Kato, the chairperson of the tenants association, said meetings among the arcade tenants have resolved that the Solicitor General should work with the relevant government agencies and come up with an account where the tenants can always deposit their rent payments.
Businessman Lubega yesterday remained adamant, saying he is not bothered by the petition to Parliament and insisted that the dispute over rent is “private” and “non-political”.
“It is a private matter. It is not about politics. If they want to go to Parliament, they should join politics,” Mr Lubega said in a telephone interview.
The property wrangles between the tycoons took a turn for the worse last month when Mansour Matovu decided to close about 17 buildings, leaving thousands of tenants counting losses, a scenario that tenants who have run to Parliament want to avoid.