Traders sue municipal council

More than 300 kiosk owners in Mbarara Central Market have taken Mbarara Municipal Council to court after accusing the latter of claiming ownership of the land on which they operate.

The land is part of Mbarara Central Market where the municipality and the central government plan to construct a modern market.

The vice chairperson of the Mbarara Central Market Kiosk Owners Association, Mr Moses Turyaramya, told the traders on Tuesday to wait for a court verdict on who owns the land on which they are operating.

“As your leaders, we have exploited all the other avenues including the President’s office and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to have this row resolved but in vain,” Mr Turyaramya told the meeting held at Church Hostel in Mbarara Town.

“As you had instructed us in our last meeting that we go to court if all other avenues fail, arrangements have been finalised to go to seek court redress,” he added.

Mr Turyaramya added that the hearing date for the case has been set for February 25 next year before Mbarara High Court. He urged the members not be bogged down by any political pressures.

Mr Turyaramya explained that they have sued the municipality along with the district land board for fraudulently obtaining the title of the land.

However, the Town Clerk, Mr Johnson Baryantuma, said they have not been served with the suit. “I don’t have any knowledge concerning what you are asking me. We have not been served with the suit notice and we are waiting for it,” said Mr Baryantuma.

The kiosk owners have been battling Mbarara Municipal Council for the ownership of plots 2 to 4 on Mbaguta Street. since 2009. The traders had in the same years managed to have a caveat slapped on the land title the council had acquired for the land.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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