KACITA Puts Parliament on Notice Over Landlords

The traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association--KACITA--made the warning during an interface this afternoon with Parliaments committee of trade and industry.
Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) leaders Everest Kayondo and Issa Sekitto appearing before parliament's trade and industry committee.

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City traders have threatened to put down tools next month if government fails to table a bill regulating landlords and rental fees before parliament.

The traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) made the warning during an interface with parliament's trade and industry committee this afternoon.

The traders led by Everest Kayondo the chairperson KACITA described the relationship between landlords and traders as a time-bomb waiting to explode.

They explained the harsh environment city landlords subject them to ranging from arbitrary increase in rental dues to overcrowded trading premises.

Kayondo informed the committee that a proposed piece of legislation known as the Landlord-Tenant bill 2013 had been floated by the lands ministry and several stake holders had been invited to contribute to the bill which has since been shelved.

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Issa Sekitto, the spokesperson of KACITA noted that Kenya found a solution to a similar problem by setting up a rental restriction bureau that handles tenancy disputes expeditiously.

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Nsaba Buturo, the Bufumbira East MP then volunteered to present a private members bill before parliament to regulate landlord - tenant relationships. He described the actions of landlords as an injustice.

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City traders have in the past raised concern over increase in rent fees by landlords without any consultations on top of paying it in dollars forcing some of them to close businesses.