KACITA Puts Parliament on Notice Over Landlords

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The traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association--KACITA--made the warning during an interface this afternoon with Parliaments committee of trade and industry.

City traders have threatened to put down tools next month if government fails to table a bill regulating landlords and rental fees before parliament.
 
The traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) made the warning during an interface with parliament's trade and industry committee this afternoon.
 
The traders led by Everest Kayondo the chairperson KACITA described the relationship between landlords and traders as a time-bomb waiting to explode.
 
They explained the harsh environment city landlords subject them to ranging from arbitrary increase in rental dues to overcrowded trading premises.
 
Kayondo informed the committee that a proposed piece of legislation known as the Landlord-Tenant bill 2013 had been floated by the lands ministry and several stake holders had been invited to contribute to the bill which has since been shelved.
 
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Issa Sekitto, the spokesperson of KACITA noted that Kenya found a solution to a similar problem by setting up a rental restriction bureau that handles tenancy disputes expeditiously.
 
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Nsaba Buturo, the Bufumbira East MP then volunteered to present a private members bill before parliament to regulate landlord - tenant relationships. He described the actions of landlords as an injustice.
 
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City traders have in the past raised concern over increase in rent fees by landlords without any consultations on top of paying it in dollars forcing some of them to close businesses.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.