Yamaha Building Landlord Evicts Protesting Tenants


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Saazi, in a statement read to the traders by his lawyers on Wednesday, claimed that KCCA advised him to do renovations and changes on the building thus a need for them to vacate for the time being.

Nonetheless, the traders have told Chimpreports that the eviction may have come up because of the 100 percent rent increment which they denounced as being exorbitant and completely unaffordable.

Yamaha Centre Protest

The situation got out of hand last week when the tenants protested a rent fee increment which would take effect starting December.

The traders were paying Shs 1.5 million as the monthly rent fee which the landlord wanted to increase to Shs 3 million and three months would be paid in advance.

Heavily-armed anti-riot police personnel were deployed at the scene to maintain law and order.

The protest disrupted traffic in downtown Kampala and also put traders on the edge in fear of destruction of property.

The tenants demanded that the landlord sign an agreement with them cancelling the order to increase rent and also get a receipt upon every payment for rent.

The angry tenants said that the flat rate of Shs 28, 000 paid for electricity per month for every shop, was exploitative.

However, the landlord has now issued a notice ordering them to vacate immediately.


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