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Traders at Uganda House challenge order to vacate

African Boot Company Limited and four others are aggrieved by the order saying they were not given an opportunity to be heard/FILE

African Boot Company Limited and four others are aggrieved by the order saying they were not given an opportunity to be heard/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Traders at Uganda House within the Central Business District (CBD) have gone to court to contest the decision by the landlord requiring them to vacate the premise within 60 days.

African Boot Company Limited and four others are aggrieved by the order saying they were not given an opportunity to be heard.

It is their argument that the order is unreasonable and irrational as they have been in the premises for over 39 years and the two months notice is insufficient to find alternative premises.

Under a certificate of urgency, the traders are complaining that they have not been given a timeline within which they will be allowed to return to the premise after renovations are complete.

They indicated that they were not informed whether the necessary repairs would be carried out while they are still in the premises given that they own shops in the building’s ground floor.

They have accused the court of acting in excess of its jurisdiction in making the closure order contrary to the Fair Administrative Action Act.

Further, the traders claim that the court failed to direct concerned parties to agree on a comeback formula after the repairs were completed.

They now want the high court to quash the decision.

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