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UDA tenants appeal against order to vacate

UDA tenants appeal against order to vacate

In a Notice of Appeal dated April 4 this year, the applicants claim that the new UDA management  is being probed  by Parliament and the Controller and Auditor General (CAG). They are wondering  therefore as to why, even before the outcome of the probe, UDA is "rushing" to terminate their tenancy.

The court had also ruled that it was not up to the tenants to question whether UDA could terminate the lease agreement before a report on its legality was out.In  the appeal, however, the tenants are asking for the intervention of the registrar against the Housing Tribunal  ruling, under Section 44 of the Land Dispute Courts Act, on UDA's legality only.

The ruling which was issued on March 19 by the Tribunal Chairman Mr Joseph Kaare read in part: "The only relationship between applicants and respondent is that of a landlord and tenant. UDA's sale of shares or management does not form part of the relationship. It is improper for the applicants to question it," said Mr  Kaare.  

According to Mr  Kaare, as far as the case is concerned,  it makes no difference whether UDA's sale of shares is under investigation or not. Earlier, tenants filed an application to oppose their expulsion from UDA compound, giving three grounds, namely questioning the legitimate ownership and status of the management of UDA, for which a parliamentary committee report was  yet to issue a report.

They had also argued that the eviction notice should have been issued three months in advance. The new investor is also said to have intention to evict the tenants so he could  use the open space to operate a dry port, an activity currently undertaken by Koru Freight. 

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