Kampala, Uganda — Arcade traders under their umbrella ‘Kampala New Traders Association have asked the Kabaka of Buganda and President Yoweri Museveni to intervene in their woes, accusing arcade owners of refusing to open the arcades over rent arrears.
They also demand the immediate release of their Chairperson John Kabanda who was arrested and remanded to Kitalya Prison on allegations of stoning a police officer during their demonstration last week.
Mr Moses Agaba, the chief mobiliser of the New Generation Traders Association, said it is unfair for the landlords to deny them access to their goods and yet they have not been working.
“They should be understanding and reduce the rent that they are demanding us to pay. Truthfully speaking they are very sure that we haven’t been working because of the lockdown. It would therefore be unfair for them to ask us to be pay for all those months,” Mr Agaba said.
Mr Steven Muwonge also a member of the association said the police are being unfairly apprehending them.
“Police is cooperating with landlords to torture us. We have done everything to enable us to start business again but they are frustrating us,” Mr Muwonge said.
Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor, Mr Erias Lukwago faulted the government for not providing a clear solution in the said matter.
“Government cannot sit back and let this situation take its own course, No! Cabinet and Parliament should intervene and address these concerns as soon as possible. Otherwise we are sitting on a time bomb. This city is going to explode,” Mr Lukwago said.