City traders withdraw case against arcade owners

Kampala traders have withdrawn their civil case against city businessmen Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu after their case file was allocated to a judge they are not comfortable with.

Last week, traders from Qualicell bus Terminal, Nabukeera plaza and Jamboree Arcades petitioned the High court -Land division asking to deposit their rent with the court until the on-going management problems on who owns the buildings are sorted out.

Currently, both Lubega and Mansur are claiming ownership of the building and want the traders to pay them their rent arrears.

The traders were initially paying Horizon Coaches Limited formerly under the management by the late Charles Muhangi but went to court last month after Lubega and Yanga started closing buildings demanding rent fees.

On Friday, the traders through their lawyer Erias Lukwago withdrew the case citing the allocation of the file to Justice Andrew Bashaija.

Lukwago notes that when the case was filed last month, the Court Registrar allocated it to Justice Musa Ssekaana.

“It was cause listed before Justice Ssekaana, so, we came on Monday for hearing before Justic Musa Ssekaana, as indicated on the notice board only to be shocked when the file has been mysteriously transferred to another judge. We tried to inquire but because we did not want to cause controversy, we said let’s leave it at that because they are all judicial officers but along the way, my clients have suffered injustice,” Lukwago said.

Justice Bashaija defended the allocation of the case file to him. He explains that the file was initially allocated to him but he was not around during that time.

Bashaija says that the file was allocated to Justice Ssekaana, but couldn’t handle the case too since he was at that time away on official duties.

Lukwago told Bashaija that he was withdrawing the case.  Bashaija ordered traders to pay costs to Lubega and Yanga.