Rajiv Ruparelia (pictured), the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group has dismissed with contempt a fake demand notice making rounds on social media that property firm, Crane Management Services, has issued any demand notice or reminder to its tenants.
Crane Management Services is one of the biggest landlords in Kampala’s prime properties, and is owned by the Ruparelia Group which is at the forefront of fighting the spread of the Covid19 pandemic.
After the company donated sanitizers and other preventive accessories to Kampala’s leaders to fight the coronavirus, a fake demand notice in the name of CMS appeared online claiming that Crane Management Services was pressuring tenants to pay rent.
This misinformation was aimed at distracting Ruparelia Group from offering support to the Kampala city community to defeat the pandemic on rampage. One of concerns of most traders is rent after government locked down the country, cutting public transport off the city as well as shut down of non essential business.
Rajiv dismissed as fake the notice and says CMS has not offered any guidelines for rent payments. Instead the company is focusing on the efforts to return the city back to normal.
The fake notice read, “We hope you are paying Rent for April Late payments may force us to send you Auctioneers After 5th April 20 you may be charged 10% for late payment. Hurry”.
CMS says, “This document is FAKE, it is not addressed to any of our tenants as it bares No name addressed to, No property and No shop number.”
Rajiv noted that “our Management is busy discussing our next actions to help underprivileged Ugandans fight the virus and have no political motives whatsoever.”
Rajiv also said in a statement, “At the right time we shall communicate to our Tenants on the way forward and shall consider those that are directly affected by the hazards of the current crisis.”
It has since emerged an MP is behind the circulation of the fake demand notice with ill intentions to create unease among tenants of CMS.
Ruparelia Group is a business conglomerate, whose profile extends through property, hospitality, education, agriculture, media among others. It is not inclined towards any political group.