The Attorney General’s office is finalizing paper work to compensate a UPDF officer who had been leased Kisekka Market by KCC and handover the contested property to vendors, an official has said. The Assistant Resident District Commissioner Kampala, Rose Kirabira warned the market vendors who on Tuesday staged a street demonstration against inciting violence as their grievance is being handled.
The vendors were protesting the delay by the Attorney General, Kiddhu Makubuya to hand over to them the land title of the market. “The AG is looking into issues of compensating Col. John Mugyenyi and he will get back to you. This is very sensitive. So after the compensation, we are going to sort you next,” Kirabira said. But the vendors say there could be a deliberate plan to sidestep them.
“The Attorney General has refused to take the president’s directive to grant us the lease of the market seven months after the president’s intervention. I have written to the AG twice and he has never replied any of my letters that is why the traders wanted to make a point by rioting,” said Robert Kasolo the vendor’s chairman.
The area councilor, Salim Uhuru said the “government and KCC should state the rightful owner of the market. ”Last year, the President directed the Attorney General to compensate Rhino Investment owned by Col John Mugyenyi and lease the market to vendors. The President’s directive that came after the Commission of Inquiry headed by Jacob Oulanyah cleared Rhino Investment of fraud and influence peddling in their pursuit of the tender to develop the market. Kisekka traders have been battling for the market lease ever since they realised KCC had given it out to Rhino Investment. Rhino had in 2007 secured a 49 year lease for two acres of the market at Shs1.5 billion.
The 8,000-member association has so far collected Shs1.5 billion, its officials said.
“We want the lease offer which stipulates how much we have to put so that we can make contributions and start the development of the market,” said a vendor.