Nateete Market traders who demonstrated on Monday this week opposing the giveaway of their Market to a private company, RR Investments have vowed to storm KCCA offices at City Hall on Wednesday next week and attend an extraordinarily meeting about the market.
The traders want KCCA Executive Director Mrs Jenifer Musisi to explain to them how the market came to exchange hands.
The traders, led by their chairman Boney Kabongo today stormed the Kampala High Court where the court registrar was expected to issue an interim order regarding their stay on the Market land.
Kabongo says they received information that RR Investment — who bought the market from KCCA without the traders’ knowledge — petitioned court seeking an order for all the traders to leave.
The company reportedly says KCCA sold the land to them because it had lost interest in it.
“We came here to look at those Directors of RR who want to evict us illegally; we need court, before issuing that order to see that this land has occupants, because the judges may be deceived otherwise,” he said.
The ruling on this matter however, was not possible since the Registrar in charge of Bailiffs and Executions was not in office due to the ongoing judicial officer’s strike.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago met with the traders at the court and briefed them on the Authority’s position regarding their market, advising them not to relent.
“I would like to thank you for this spirit of togetherness you exhibited while defending your property since Monday. Don’t accept to be compromised by anybody to give away your market because even we at the council level we are still investigating the same matter,” he said.
Lukwago called upon all the traders to come in large numbers on Wednesday at City Hall when the KCCA lawyer Coleb Mugisha and his team will be informing the Authority meeting on how Nateete Market was given away and who the individuals behind this deal are.
The traders unanimously vowed to hire buses and trucks to ensure that they attend the said meeting.