Former minister and legislator Yona Kanyomozi has filed a lawsuit against former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi for failing to pay rent for his office on Nakasero Road in Kampala.
According to court documents, Kanyomozi entered into an unwritten tenancy agreement with Mbabazi in 2015 to rent his (Kanyomozi) office space on Plot 29 along Nakasero road for $5000 per month, with Mbabazi paying six months in advance, ending in December 2015.
“From August 1, 2015, the defendant (Mbabazi) seized possession and inhabited the plaintiff’s property and continued to use it as the head office for Go Forward during the 2015/16 presidential campaigns,” according to court filings.
Mbabazi proceeded to utilize the office space for additional four months between January and April 2016 without complying with the conditions of the tenancy agreement, according to Kanyomozi, after the six months he had paid had expired.
He claims that following the first deposit, Mbabazi became recalcitrant, avoiding him (Kanyomozi), and paying rent in small amounts despite the landlord’s demands and warnings for full payment.
According to court documents, the former Prime Minister had only paid $39992 (roughly shs143.7 million) by October 2021, leaving a debt of $7507 due (approximately shs26 million).
“To date, the defendant is in default of rent in the amount of $7507, and the plaintiff’s efforts to resolve the situation have been useless because the defendant has purposely denied him audience,” according to court filings.
According to former minister Kanyomozi, there was no written agreement because Mbabazi became uncooperative after taking control of the office space and thwarted all attempts to sign the agreement.
Yona Kanyomozi now wants the Commercial Division of the High Court in Kampala to declare that Mbabazi broke the contract he signed for office premises on Nakasero Road and be compelled to pay $7507 (about shs26 million) in rent arrears.
The former minister also wants the court to award Mbabazi $20,000 in general damages, plus interest from the time he defaulted until he paid.
As a result, the court has given Mbabazi 15 days to file his defense in the case, failing which the suit would be continued and judgment rendered in his absence.