Vehicle dealers at Pine Depot are blaming their woes on business rivalry. On Tuesday, a combined team of Police and KCCA law enforcement officers stormed Pine Depot along Lumumba Avenue and impounded more than 70 vehicles. Police claimed that some of the vehicles were stolen and taken to the depot for sell.
However, vehicle dealers at the depot blame their woes on Mohammed Sebuwufu, another car dealer who they accuse of plotting to push them out of business. Mohammed Karuma, the defense secretary Pine depot accuses Sebuwufu of bribing cops at Kampala Central Police to chase them. Karuma questioned why police had gone ahead to arrest some dealers claiming they were car robbers only to release them four hours later.
Some of the car dealers who were roughed up by police are Yusuf Kalule and Yusuf Kibirango. Kibirango explains to URN what happened on the fateful day.
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Ali Bukenya, another car dealer claims that Sebuwufu is angry that several dealers left his bond and relocated to Pine because of his poor work ethics and has now resorted to blackmail. According to Bukenya, whenever a broker sells a car they are guaranteed a commission of 200,000 shillings but Sebuwufu would pay as little as 100,000 Shillings.
He would allegedly deduct 30,000 Shillings for a copy typist and 20,000 shillings for someone to drive the car out. But Sebuwufu denies any wrong doing and instead says KCCA does not want cars parked along the road because they inconvenience other road users. He claimed the traffic jam along Lumumba Avenue on car dealers who park their vehicles along the road.
He questioned why the people accusing him still want to park their cars on the road when there is ample parking space. During a meeting convened by police, the dealers demanded the unconditional release of Elvis Nsereko, Apollo Asaba and Hope Nsereko.
Shortly after the car dealers meeting, the Regional Traffic Officer, Lawrence Niwabine, Regional Police Commander, Kampala South, James Ruhweza, promised to have the trio released on bond. Niwabine blamed the car dealers for allowing conmen to mingle with them and con unsuspecting members of the public.
Niwabine blamed the car dealers for interfering with arrests whenever police moves to arrest the conmen. KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kawuju said the authority did not work on individual’s orders but were committed to doing the right thing.
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Kauju claim this particular operation came after they tried to pass Lumumba and found a jam forcing KCCA to issue a directive to evict the vehicle dealers from the road.