Vice President Edward Ssekandi has been summoned to parliament for allegedly protecting illegal Chinese investors.
Kampala Woman MP Hon Nabilah Naggayi says the government of Uganda as well as Ssekandi were implicated in the matter and have to answer.
Also implicated is troubled Uganda Police Chief Kale Kayihura.
He is also expected to appear in parliament and answer for his involvement in the saga.
This came after city traders threatened to put down tools next month if government fails to table a bill regulating landlords and rental fees before parliament.
The traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) made the warning during an interface with parliament’s trade and industry committee Thursday.
Everest Kayondo, the chairperson KACITA, described the relationship between landlords and traders as a time-bomb waiting to explode citing a harsh environment by city landlords, arbitrary increase in rental and overcrowded trading premises.
KACITA also called for an urgent meeting with Vice President Ssedandi and IGP Kayihura over illegal Chinese traders dealing in petty businesses.
More embarrassment for Ssekandi
Worse still, Ssekandi was on Tuesday welcomed by darkness when he visited Mukono Industrial Park to his own and government’s embarrassment.
“It’s a pity when I came today, electricity was not there,” the VP managed to say as he apologised to an angry Chinese ambassador to Uganda.
H.E. Zhao Yali, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Uganda said it was the role of government to take care of everything including water electricity and roads.
“In China, we say you have to build a good net in order to attract fish,” Yali said expressing his disappointment.
Ssekandi apologised and promised that government would expedite the construction of Karuma and Isimba dams to improve electricity supply.
Meanwhile, Chinese investors who were promised prime land have accused government of not walking the talk and instead giving them swampy areas where they have had to invest a lot of money to develop.
They complained about being given swampy areas, which was not in the earlier promise.