By Charles Katabalwa
27th July 2021
The Kampala City Traders Association-KACITA has asked Parliament to convince President Museveni to consider signing the Landlord and Tenants Bill into law.
KACITA Members who had appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Trade to express their challenges during the current Covid-19 lockdown, told the committee that arcade owners have refused to consider the plea of tenants by waving off rent during the past month they have been on lockdown which is likely to affect their operations once the lockdown is lifted.
KACITA spokesperson Issa Sekitto adds that it’s even worse when landlords charge rent in dollars yet all these challenges were to be addressed in the Landlords and Tenants Bill if assented to.
KACITA further informed the committee that Uganda Revenue Authority-URA is illegally charging revenue on imported textile in kilos which contravenes the East African Customs Treaty Act and other regional and international treaties.
It’s from this that traders have also threatened in the near future to sell clothes in kilos and to charge their customers in dollars if URA doesn’t reverse its decision.
Meanwhile’ on the issue of the lockdown, Sekitto said that KACITA supports the lifting of the lockdown in respect of the SOPs but urged the government to increase and speedup the vaccination process to enable full opening of the economy.