Bamasaba Cultural Leader Faces Eviction Over Rent Arrears Top story

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Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the BCU chairman, says Mushikori occupied the house along Union road in Mbale Municipality in 2013, way back before he was elected the Umukhukha. He reportedly renovated the house at a cost of Shillings 2 million, which was converted into rent for a period ending December 2014.

Bob Mushikori, the cultural leader of Inzu Ya Masaba is facing eviction from his residence in Mbale town over failure to pay accumulated rent arrears for the last 13 months amounting to Shillings 7.4 million. The house belongs to Bugisu Cooperative Union - BCU, a coffee farmer's cooperative.
 
 
Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the BCU chairman, says Mushikori occupied the house along Union road in Mbale Municipality in 2013, way back before he was elected the Umukhukha. He reportedly renovated the house at a cost of Shillings 2 million, which was converted into rent for a period ending December 2014.


In his June 13th letter, Mafabi says Mushikori has since made payments for only two months in March and May 2015 respectively. He says BCU is demanding from Mushikiro accumulated rent arrears for 13 months. The house that sits on a two-acre piece of land was reportedly meant to fetch BCU Shillings 2.4 million each month, but Mushikori only pays Shillings 400, 000.
 

In his letter, Nandala asks Mushikori to clear all the outstanding rent arrears within a period of 14 days or else face forceful eviction. The eviction threats have drawn mixed reactions from the members of the Bamasaba community. Moses Mukhobeh Khaukha claims that the demand notice by BCU was issued in bad faith with the aim of belittling Mushikori and the office of the Umukhukha.
 

 Another, Emmanuel Wanyoro says it was wrong for Mafabi as the board chairman to write to the Umukhuka such a demand notice, something he says should have been done by junior officers at BCU. However, David Wamono argues that leaders should learn to meet their obligations irrespective of their offices.
 
 
He asks those blaming BCU for the demand to draw a clear line between Mushikori as a person and Umukhukha, the cultural king. He says Mushikori rented the house in a private capacity way back before he took over the office of Umukkhukha. A BCU staff who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said the board resolved to write to Mushikori after he failed to honor several reminders by junior officers to clear his outstanding debt.


She claims, Mushikori has on several occasions threatened to arrest or shoot whoever goes to demand the money from him. Mushikori has however rubbished this allegation. He blames BCU for issuing him such a demand notice arguing that he is not the only rent defaulters of BCU and wonders why Nandala would single him out. 

Mushokori says he is not bothered with the eviction threat.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.