Disputed arcade traders fail to add application to suit, court orders them to pay businessmen costs

Court has dismissed with costs the application that was filed by traders through their lawyer Erias Lukwago of Lukwago and Company advocates.

The traders were seeking for permission to add an application that is before the land division to be part of the current one that is before the civil division of the High court.

The traders wanted to include mention of the 2013 case in the application.

In the main suit, the traders are seeking a court order that will let them deposit their rent fees into an independent account until ownership of Qualicel arcade, among others, is settled.

High court judge Andrew Bashaija ordered Qualicel, Nabukeera and Jamboree arcade traders to pay costs to businessmen Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu.

The traders’ lawyer was also denied leave to appeal on this ruling. Justice Bashaija ordered that the application be heard as it is. He said that since the traders wish their case to be heard urgently, they should not dwell too much on technicalities.

The traders went to court asking for an independent account where they should deposit rent fees until ownership of the disputed city arcades is settled. Prominent city businessmen Drake Lubega , Mansoor Matovu and the Horizon Coaches management formerly belonging deceased businessman Charles Muhangi all claim ownership of the arcades.

The case was adjourned to Friday, April 12, 2019 where the main suit will be heard.

Edited by David Tumusiime

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