A section of Members of Parliament want Government to provide a waiver on the payment of water and electricity for a period of six months during the COVID -19 pandemic lockdown.
The MPS who are pushing this motion include Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County), Andrew Baryayanga (Kabale Municipality), Angelina Osege (Soroti District), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntongamo Municipality), Monica Amoding (Kumi district) and Henry Kibalya (Bugabula South).
The MPS said that the people have been rendered poor in this period of lockdown and are unable to pay their water, Tv and electricity bills hence the need for government to have a waiver on water and electricity.
Mpuuga and Karuhanga said that government should invest in clearing water and electricity bills for people for the next six months.
The MPS said that government should use the money which could have been used for traveling abroad and inland, buying fuel, airtime, meals, tea, stationery and newspapers among others for government officials to offset people’s bills on essential services.
The MPs said that the people are pressed to wash hands as a way of avoiding COVID-19 but they do not have money to pay bills for water.
Kumi District Woman MP, Monica Amoding and Kabale Municipality MP Andrew Baryayanga said that government should talk to pay Tv service providers to review their bills to enable poor Ugandans have access to TV so that their children can also learn from educational programmes including learners’ materials released by the ministry of education.