Kombat residents stop paying rent to Katti

15 Apr 2019 19:00pm
KOMBAT, 15 APR (NAMPA) – Residents of Kombat in a demonstration on Saturday expressed unhappiness over new rental agreements they say they were forced to sign after the town was sold to businessman Knowledge Katti, and want Government to intervene.
The residents in a previous demonstration in November said their rent had more than tripled from N.dollars 350 to N.dollars 1 250 and in some cases, N.dollars 5 500 after the sale of Kombat.
In their petition Saturday, the residents said most Kombat residents are unemployed and struggling financially. They claimed that they were threatened and forced to sign the new agreements and prior to this were addressed by Katti, who allegedly told them he can evict them if he wants to.
They further alleged that Katti’s employees went door to door, threatening residents.
Repeated attempts by a lawyer representing the community to contact Katti have allegedly failed and they now want the government to intervene and turn Kombat into a village with its own council.
The residents, who have been renting from Katti since 2016, said they unanimously stopped paying their monthly rental fees in November 2018 - until Government intervenes in the matter.
Some disgruntled residents claim to have purchased houses from their previous employer, Ongopolo Mining that owned Kombat Mine long ago.
The residents started their demonstration by marching to a house where Katti reportedly overnights when he is in Kombat.
The house was found locked, and the residents then marched to the B8 road where they read their petition to a group of police officers who were maintaining law and order during the protest under the command of Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb.
Their petition was not received by anyone as all Katti’s managers running Kombat were not present.
Nampa on Saturday and Sunday made numerous attempts to talk to Katti, but did not get through.
His town manager at Kombat, Charlie Dawid on Sunday asked to be texted, but until Monday did not reply to four text messages sent.
Dawid in November last year said the money collected from the tenants is used to sustain the town’s water bills and sewage and electricity supply.