Kampala traders under the Kampala City Trader’s Association (KACITA) have dragged top city land lords to court challenging payment of rent during the Covid19 lockdown period.
In their application filed to High court civil division this week, through their lawyers of Ortus Advocates, the traders are asking among others the court to issue an order to all landlords stopping them from evicting tenants over rent arrears from the lockdown period.
The traders also want court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the land lords from evicting plaintiff’s members on accounts of failure to pay rent during the period of lock down.
For more than 2 months now since all city arcades were closed as a preventive measure, most traders have not been able to work.
Yet recently some landlords demanded full payment of all the months of the lockdown and threatened to kick out tenants that haven’t paid.
In his last address to the nation this week, President Museveni ordered landlords not to evict anybody for failure to pay rent during this lockdown period.
He added that Government is currently holding discussions with land lords to find solution to this issue.