City Traders Strike Over Rent

Traders operating at Premier Center Arcade along Nabugabo Road on Monday morning closed their shops in protest against rent hiking by their land lord.

The traders on the 4th floor arcade dealing in shoes, information pills clothes and sandals said they would not continue working under unfair rent fees that are always increased by their land lord without notice.

“He recently increased rent from Shs 2.6 million to shs3.5 million despite our pleas to him for negotiations over the same,” said Ssemakula Wasswa who deals in shoes.

Traders locked their shops in protest of exorbitant rent

Traders locked their shops in protest against exorbitant rent

The traders said in the past 6 months, their land lord, city businessman, John Bosco Muwonge has increased rent twice yet efforts to have him hold a meeting to discuss the new fees with them have all been futile.

“When KCCA taxation officers come, the managers of the building ask us to declare less fees we pay for rent yet,” said one of the traders.

“When we try to complain, we are issued with dismissal threats by the managers of the building.”

Other traders blamed government and KCCA for failure to put in place  standard ground rent, which would be illegal for the land lord to increase.

“If such guidelines in relation to ground rent had been put in place, the land lord would be able to know that it is not allowed to increase the rent above a certain percentage,” said John Ssebulime.

The traders vowed not to open shops until their land lord held talks with them.

Efforts by to website to speak to the managers of the building were fruitless as their phones were off.


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