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City Traders Seek Court Intervention :: Uganda Radionetwork

City Traders Seek Court Intervention

The traders led by Kampala Arcade Traders Association (KATA) chairman Godfrey Katongole met Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago seeking legal support.
Traders seek to join litigation between Drake Lubega and Muhangi family over Qualicel building

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City traders who operate in Qualicel Bus Terminal and Nabukera Arcade are seeking court intervention.  

The two arcades are at the centre of wrangles between tycoons; Drake Lubega, Mansoor Matovu aka Young and the family of late Charles Muhangi.

The traders want to join the court case between the feuding tycoons and seek third-party proceedings. This refers to a situation when a third party diverts court from the main litigants-plaintiff and defendant proceeding by filing an independent application.

In the third party proceedings, the traders will be seeking court to take over management of the buildings under contestation-Qualicel and Nabukera arcades until the rightful owner is determined.  

The traders led by Kampala Arcade Traders Association (KATA) chairman Godfrey Katongole met Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago seeking legal support.

Katongole says they got advice of joining court case and seeking third-party proceedings from Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah last week.   

When court takes over management of the buildings, Katongole says they want to deposit rent on the court account and when a rightful owner is determined, court will pay him accumulated revenue for that period. 

//Cue in “era nagenda mumaso… 

 Cue out:…naye nga nsasula court.”// 

Katongole says traders are in state of confusion since both parties are demanding rent and threatening to close their shops if they are not paid.

Katongole says that Muhangi family management have sent a warning to traders that if they don’t pay rent for the past three months, shops will be locked effective 1st April.

//Cue in: “owekitibwa lord mayor… 

 Cue out…nga court yemutuwadde.”//  

The ownership of the arcades situated in former Old Bus Park has been ever changing between the two groups for the last four months. Muhangi died in December after he had gained control of the buildings.  

Katongole narrated an incident when last week Umeme cut off Nabukera Plaza electricity demanding arrears of over 20 million shillings. When traders collected the money, both Lubega and Muhangi family demanded the money.

Lukwago promised traders support as they seek to join litigation in court over the matter.

However, he asked all interested to register since they don’t have a fully registered association that can sue on their behalf.  

 //Cue in “kakati mungelo eyo… 

 Cue out…tulino okukola.”// 


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