Cranes Fall to Express in Build Up

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Following closure of most of their Kampala branches including in Nateete and Kabalagala recently, view woes of   Kenyan owned supermarket Uchumi seem not to be over after the Commercial court ordered attachment of the supermarket property over debts.

Local chicken company Ugachick dragged the supermarket to the Commercial Court over failure to pay a debt totaling to over shs185 million following supply of chicken to their different outlets.

Last Wednesday, Justice Christopher Mandrama ordered that property belonging to the supermarket be attached by Ugachick, to recover their debt.

On Monday afternoon, court bailiffs led by Jackson Mwesigwa and Ugachick lawyers led by a one Ssekabojja proceeded to Uchumi supermarket Garden City branch.

“We heard from sources that the supermarket was closing business yet they had not yet paid the debt.  We had to take action immediately to recover our client’s money,” one of the Ugachick lawyer noted.

Guards watch over the locked doors of the Store

Guards watch over the locked doors of the Store

However, these met resistance from the supermarket management who could not allow confiscation of the property.

They ordered the security guards not to let anyone touch the property including shelves that had now been thrown outside the supermarket.

Meanwhile, management closed the main shopping area to stop bailiffs from making more damage.

The supermarket manager who refused to disclose his name told Chimpreports that they indeed have an outstanding debt but it was wrong for Ugachick to confiscate their property.

The supermarket and Ugachick representatives were later engaged in a meeting to see how they would resolve the matter without attaching the property but the efforts hit a dead end and bailiffs insisted on following the court order.


They started breaking the padlocks to the supermarket shortly before police around advised them that it was already 5pm and it was unlawful to execute the court order after the official time.

Chimpreports has learnt separately that most of the shelves inside the supermarket are empty after the property was either sold off or withdrawn.

Uchumi supermarket has been embroiled in a financial crisis that saw them close most of their outlets in Kampala and subsequently laying off more than 180 workers.
Local topflight giants, ampoule Express Fc have put Uganda Cranes preparations to the test after defeating the team by two unanswered goals. The goals were scored by former KCCA dangerman Tony Odur in the 18th minute while Eric Ssebuguzi finished the business in the second half.

Coach Micho used two different squads in both halves. The Cranes will play one last friendly against struggling giants, more about SC Villa on Wednesday before the Serbian tactician decides on the players he will use against Sudan on Saturday.

Cranes First half squad:
Isma Watenga -GK,Denis Okot, Isaac Muleme ,Timothy Awany,Henry Katongole ,Peter Katumba ,Bernard Muwanga ,Keziron Kizito Hakim Senkumba,Frank Kalanda , John Semazzi

Second squad:
James Alitho (GK), Ibrahim Kiyemba, Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa, Shafiq Bakaki, Ivan Ntege, DeusBukenya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Farouk Miya, Erisa Ssekisambu, Ceasar Okhuti.


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