Pictures: Teargas in Gulu


Police firing teargas in Gulu town [ All photos by URN]

Police Thursday fired teargas and live bullets to restrain Uchumi supermarket landlord in Gulu town.

According to Uganda Radio Network, Police was enforcing an attached property order.

A week back, Donald Lukwiya, Uchumi Supermarket Gulu branch landlord gave the mall a 1-week ultimatum to clear Shs 110m in rent arrears accrued since July 2015.

The supermarket was forced to close down the branch shortly agter it had closed the Kabalagala and Nateete branches.


Police restrains an errant man in Gulu town

Today, police escorted workers from Hema Water to recover property worth Shs 94m that Uchumi Supermarket owes the water company.

The owner of the building, Lukwiya, protested against forcefully entering into Uchumi Supermarket.

He demanded that the supermarket first pays his Shs110m rent arrears.

A crowd quickly gathered outside the building.


Police responded by firing teargas and bullets to put the situation under control.

Hema workers were then able to access the supermarket and recover their property.


Earlier Court Bailiffs, working on the directive of a court raided the chain’s main outlet at Garden City in Kampala, seeking to recover a more than Shs180m debt owed to Ugachick, one of the supermarkets poultry products suppliers.

Golf Course management later evicted Uchumi Garden City [main branch] for failure to pay rent.

The struggling Kenyan Supermarkets announced recently they had closed all operations in Uganda and Tanzania following half a decade of losses.

In a statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Julius Kipng’etich, the closure was part of the “drastic reorganisation” as their focus shifted to local market.

He said the two subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania have been posting losses in the last five years.

The closure of the Ugandan subsidiaries cost 275 people a living.

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