Residents of Kabale on Wednesday launched a fundraising campaign to pay rent arrears for the family of a couple that perished in a freak road accident.
This was after the couple’s landlord locked up their house demanding unpaid rent.
Hillary Namanya, who was working as the programs director of Rukundo International a local NGO, and his wife Barbra Natukunda who was the academic registrar of African International Christian Ministry Vocational School (AICM) died in the accident along the Kabale – Kisoro road on Friday.
The two were escorting their friend Racheal Guhirwa to her wedding in Kisoro.
They had been renting a house in Kakabano cell in the Northern Division of Kabale Municipality.
The houses are owned by Prof. Emmanuel Kaijuka, a former commissioner in the Ministry of Health.
They had been paying Shs 250.000 per month.
Medard Kiconco Bamwoya, a close friend to the deceased says after the burial last Sunday, they were told that the landlord went to the couple’s home and put a pad lock, and when they called him, he told them that the deceased couple owed him three months of rent.
“We tried to talk to him and explain that the couple had left behind two little children who don’t have money to pay but he insisted that he would only open the house for them to remove their property after the rent is cleared,” he said
It was then that Kabale residents and friends of the couple led by John Kamashara started fundraising and were able to Shs 870.000.
Kiconco described the land lord’s act as unfortunate.
When contacted, Prof Kaijuka confirmed that he was owed 3 months by the deceased.
He added that even though the couple died, he needed to make sure that their relatives clear the arrears before they can take the house property.
” The money was sent on Mobile money, I got it they can now take the property “. Prof. Kaijuka said.