Businessman Hamis kigundu of Ham enterprises said yesterday that he never sanctioned the eviction of former Parkyard Market vendors whose market was razed down early this year.
The youthful businessman was appearing before the Parliamentary Presidential Committee, to respond to the concerns on the manner the eviction was conducted.
Ham, is he is better known, was tasked to explain his role in the eviction of over 1000 traders that had operated in Park yard market for years.
The market land was given to Ham Enterprises to redevelop Nakivubo Stadium and construction has since commenced.
Kiggundu told legislators that he never participated at any time in the eviction of traders, noting that this was done entirely by Nakivubo Board of Trustees who are the owners of the land.
Members however, reminded Kiggundu that he is on record to have handed out money to some of the traders to convince others to leave the market.
To this, Kiggundu said his only role was a contribution of Shs200m upon request by Nakivubo Board of Trustees to help in speeding up the eviction process.
“I have never evicted vendors; it was a relocation plan purely and plainly done by Nakivubo Board of Trustees,” Kiggundu said.
He added that the only other money he has given out to traders is Shs100million to support the traders’ savings scheme.
“Following calls by many traders over the grace period of 6 months that I had given to them without paying rent at my building, I have resolved to extend the deadline by three months, with hope that they will have built enough capital to sustain their businesses,” Kiggundu revealed.
Members also tasked Kiggundu to explain the source his money and to clear the air on whether he is not being used to run these businesses on behalf of the First Family.
“This is plainly hearsay; the truth is that this is my own money, I started from scratch in Kikuubo market to where I am now; I don’t have money from politicians like people claim,” Kiggundu explained.
“This is my money and most of it I get from Bank loans, I have liabilities, Banks invest in characters, a person they can trust and I think banks trust in me because of my ways and this is what has made me prosper.”