Tycoon Christine Nabukeera has insisted she is not to blame for the high rental fees on her arcade in downtown Kampala.
This follows running battles that rocked downtown Kampala city on Monday and Tuesday as tenants on the Nabukeera arcade protested hiking of their rent fees.
Tenants for two straight days burned tires in the road and engaged police and military police in running battles in a bid to pacify the city centre.
Protests which started on Monday, also involved tenants rounding off Ms Nabukeera, and forcing her to speak to them. She promised meaningful engagements with tenants representatives.
However, Nabukeera said she had made up her mind and she will not change her decision.
She told the media on Monday that she increased rent on her building because she has accumulated loans to build her arcades. She advised those who cannot afford the rent to find lockers elsewhere.
Nabukeera, however says she increased rent by only Shs100,000 yet their middlemen who booked shops and charging about Shs1 million.
Ronald Atwali, DPC of Central Police Station, told protestors to engage further with the landlady. He said he was in touch with her. However, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango says there are agreements between the tenants and landlords and they should follow the agreements.
While Tadeo Mugerwa, chairman of Nabukeera traders, said the landlady should listen to the pleas of her tenants.
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