Police and military personnel have been deployed in downtown Kampala, after traders at the Qualicel Bus Terminal closed their shops in solidarity with a colleague whose shop was locked up this morning, after he protested a move to have the traders pay rent arrears.
The traders claim that city tycoon Drake Lubega directed them to pay rent arrears, yet they have been paying rent to Charles Muhangi’s family.
Traders say they won’t accept to be victims of the wars between Muhangi’s family and Lubega.
The vice chairman of Qualicel traders, Mr Mboowa said Mr Lubega called a tenants’ meeting on Wednesday to devise means of resolving the standing rift between him and traders, but they were surprised when he closed the shop of their colleague who questioned him during the meeting.
"We need government to intervene because we're being victimised by landlords. Why do you call a meeting and afterwards victmise people who spoke on our behalf? We're also being cheated through electricity and water bills," Mr Mboowa said.
Police and army deployed to disperse traders who had blocked Nabugabo Road protesting.