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Court Set to Hear Traders Case Against Landlords

High Court will today start hearing the case in which traders dragged city land lords to court challenging payment of rent during the Covid19 lockdown period.

In their application, traders under their umbrella body of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) through their lawyers of Ortus Advocates, asked court to issue a number of orders and declarations to the landlords.

Among these was for all landlords to be barred from evicting tenants over rent arrears that arouse from the lockdown period.

They also want a declaration that the traders are not liable to pay bills for the premises for their shops during the lockdown period.

For about three months since President Museveni banned the movement of non-essential works and closure of all city Arcades as a preventive measure of COVID19 pandemic, many traders have been severely hurt.

But upon easing the lockdown recently, the landlords insisted that the traders will have to pay for the period they have not been working.

Numerous engagements have been carried out between land lords and the Government to ensure that traders and land lords reach a mutual understanding.

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