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Former MP Martin Drito Sued Over House Rent

However, Drito denied the allegations saying that the issues between him and his former landlady are complex. He says when he was staying at the said house, his 64-inch television valued at 12 million Shillings was stolen by one of the four watchmen hired by the landlady to provide security at the facility.
MP Martin Drito speaking to URN recently

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Former Madi-Okollo County Member of Parliament Martin Drito Andi has been sued for alleged failure to pay USD 14,390 (53.2 million shillings) in rent arrears. Drito allegedly failed to pay rent between November 2019 and August 2020, for an apartment in Munyonyo, a suburb of Kampala.

Drito's former landlady Adila Ali Ghazi says that the tenant has since abandoned the rented premises, prompting her to file the suit before the High Court Civil Division.

Ghazi alleges that together with her "dear husband", in July 2019, they entered a tenancy agreement with Drito and agreed that he stays in their house located on Plot 812 Prince George Close in Munyonyo at a monthly rent of USD 1,700 (6.2 million Shillings).

On July 1 2019, Drito paid an advance rent of four months totalling USD 6,800 (25 million Shillings).  but he never fulfilled his rental obligations beyond that time, which led to the accumulation of the arrears up to USD 14,390 (53.2 million Shillings).

“Drito  also shamelessly denied the landlady or her representatives access to the suit premises even when the agreement gave the plaintiff/landlady a right to access and take up possession upon failure to pay the rent," reads the document in part.

According to the court documents, on August 13 2020, Drito is alleged to have fled the suit premises without giving any notice in what the landlady interpreted as an aim of fleecing her of the rent money she is rightfully entitled to as the landlord.

The landlady now wants the court to compel Drito to pay the money in question as well as the costs of the suit because she issued to him notices demanding for his money in vain. 

However, Drito denied the allegations saying that the issues between him and his former landlady are complex. He says when he was staying at the said house, his 64-inch television valued at 12 million Shillings was stolen by one of the four watchmen hired by the landlady to provide security at the facility.  

But upon arrest by police, the said watchman whose name he didn't reveal allegedly confessed to the crime but still, her boss; the landlady secured bond for the watchman.

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In the aftermath, Drito says that they decided to determine the relationship mutually and he left her house in the presence of the guards because they had agreed that once this television saga is sorted, they will balance the books and see what next. As such, Drito says there's no way he would have escaped from a storeyed building that is heavily guarded adding that he's disappointed the matter has gone to court.

This is not the first time Drito is being sued for alleged failure to pay others' monies.  In 2016, Centenary Bank sued him together with Igara East County MP Michael Mawanda for failure to clear a loan of 102.8 million and 50.8 million shillings respectively.

In July 2020, the constitutional court declined to endorse the withdrawal of a constitutional petition that was filed by Drito’s opponent Kenneth Adrapi challenging his academic qualifications to be in Parliament.

In 2013, Drito's voters also petitioned the constitutional court asking them to declare his post vacant also for lack of academic qualifications. The case is still pending Judgement before the constitution court even when he has already finished his term of office.  This specific case is still pending allocation and subsequent hearing.

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