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Qualicel Case: Tycoons Lubega, Yanga Seek Shs 2Billion in Costs

Two of the three city businessmen who were dragged to court by their tenants at Qualicel, Jamboree and Nabukeera Arcades for closing their shops and charging  double the rent; have asked court to be awarded compensation of up to Shs. 2billion as costs of the case.

Mansoor Matovu Yanga and Drake Lubega claim they have wasted a lot of money and time in this case before Justice Andrew Bashaija.

Mr Matovu says they want this money to be paid not by the traders but the politicians that have been inciting them.

The traders have support from members of parliament and are represented in court by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

“I would like to call upon the traders to go back to their shops and continue with their businesses and in case they find any problem our offices are open,” he said.

Earlier this week, the case changed course when Justice Bashaija denied the traders chance to amend their plaint to include another respondent – Horizon Bus Company.

The traders through their lawyers, yesterday retaliated by withdrawing the case before the judge who they accused of bias.

Meanwhile, Lukwago immediately after court yesterday, revealed that he had received instructions from the traders to appeal against the issue of costs.

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The tycoons however are likely to face an uphill task of convincing court to award them costs from a case that has formally been withdrawn.

In the meantime, some of the shops for the traders who are not in agreement with the management of these buildings are still closed up to now.

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