The Kampala Central legislator, Hon. Mohammad Nsereko has petitioned Parliament seeking redress over constant harassment of traders operating from Qualicel and Nabukeera plazas.
Appearing on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, Nsereko observed that tenants and traders are on the verge of losing their source of livelihood due to the contested ownership of the buildings by different tycoons.
In turn, he says businessmen have been forced to pay multiple tenant and rent dues failure of which they are intimidated by hired goons.
Nsereko said this situation has pushed many to take to the streets which could lead to violence in Kampala.
“At the moment, we have been engulfed by a power struggle for not only ownership but also payment at Qualicel and Nabukeera bus terminal,” said Nsereko.
The tenants have been sent gangs of people from the purported landlords and many have been maimed or intimidated. Others have been beaten as they are told to pay by different groups,” said the Kampala lawmaker.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the multi-billion shilling properties on plots 43 to 47 on Nakivubo Road belonged to deceased businessman, Charles Muhangi.
However, Police would later evict the Muhangis from the prime structures before handing them over to tycoon Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young.
The police’s move is said to have received the blessing of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Anne Mugisha, the mother of Muhangi’s son, Lionel’s mother told ChimpReports that the Supreme Court “has been arbitrarily rescinded by a corrupt government.”
She added: “Who deployed military police to resolve a civil dispute?”
Police Director Legal Affairs, Mr Erasmus Twaruhuka said the eviction order was based on the earlier opinions given by the successive Attorney Generals and Deputy Attorney Generals between 2014 and 2017.
But Mugisha wondered how a police officer could act against a ruling by the Supreme Court.
“Why is the Head of the Legislature writing to Police to overturn a Supreme Court Order on occupancy of a disputed property?” asked Mugisha.
Police’s failure to follow the Supreme Court order and allowing Lubega and Matovu to take Muhangi’s property is at the heart of the traders’ misery.
Nsereko urged responsible government organs to address the matter urgently before it spirals out of control.
In response, State Minister of Finance Hon. David Bahati, who represented government, promised to raise this matter with the Internal Affairs Minister who was not in the House.
However, Bahati said traders needed assurances regarding their security.