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Police have reinforced security at the city complex to maintain law and order.
One of the traders identified as Ibrahim Mukisa said all tenants were Saturday notified of the 100 percent rent increment which would take effect starting December.
“This is outrageous. Government should regulate the conduct of landlords. We have decided to close all the shops until this decision is rescinded,” he told Chimpreports.
Anti-riot police personnel have been deployed at Yamaha Centre to maintain law and order
Owners of shops that have been paying shs1.5m as the monthly rent fee will have to increase it to shs3, 000,000 and pay three months in advance.
The landlord, only identified as Sazi, was not readily available for comment.
At the scene, Chimp Corps Kenneth Kazibwe and Michael Nteza say the situation remains tense, with heavily-armed anti-riot police personnel patrolling the street.
The protest has disrupted traffic in downtown Kampala and also put traders on the edge in fear of destruction of property.
The tenants say the landlord must henceforth sign an agreement with them cancelling the order to increase rent.
They also want to be issued a receipt upon every payment for rent which has not been the case.
Traders protesting the new rent charges
The angry tenants have also protested the flat rate of Shs28, 000 for electricity per month for every shop, saying it’s exploitative.
Kampala Central Police Station District Police Commander, James Ruhweza says the police deployment is aimed at “containing the situation.”
Police interacting with the traders at Yamaha Centre