By Ronaldo Kalangi
Most of the city tenants, traders and shoppers were left stranded on Wednesday morning after authorities closed most of the shopping arcades along Luwum Street.
Some of the closed malls were Namaganda plaza, MM plaza, Jumbo Arcade and Zai plaza all belonging to city business man Mansour commonly known as Young.
Some of the traders we talked to revealed that the closure of the malls could have resulted from the long court battles between Late Charles Muhangi,City Businessmen Young and Drake Lubega over the ownership of the building around Kampala.
In the latest development, the wife to the fallen tycoon Charles Muhangi, Patience Mbabazi has rushed to family court seeking the authority over other family members to administer the estate of her later husband which is over Shs130b.
In the motion, Ms Mbabazi has asked the High Court Family Division in Kampala to grant her powers of attorney to keep off other claimants from meddling into and mismanaging Muhangi’s estate until her application for letters of administration has been disposed of by the Administrator General.
“Any attempts to manage and protect the said properties and business interests both in the names of Charles Muhangi and Horizon Coaches Ltd and to ward off third parties, attempting to intermeddle therewith have been faced with challenge of apparent and current lack of legal capacity by the widow,” she states in her affidavit.
Before he died, Muhangi was involved in a long term property row with businessman Drake Lubega. The widow says following her husband’s demise, there is no legal representative of his estate to make appearance in court to defend and protect the property.
Some of the properties they are battling for include Plot 64 in Kampala Central Division, in Makindye Division, on Mukabya Road and Block 257, Plot 607 in Mengo-Kyadondo.
Others are Plot 34-36 on Semawata Road in Kampala, Plot 35-37 in Kabale Municipality on Nyerere Avenue, Plot 39 in Kabale Municipality, Plot 9 on William Street Kampala and Plot 48-52 Nakivubo Road commonly known as Baganda Bus Park. Others are also in Mbarara Municipality. Ms Mbabazi also listed a Toyota Land Cruiser, UAS 133 B.