The Government has instructed landlords not to evict tenants that have failed to pay rent during the current COVID-19 lockdown.
President Museveni on June 18, 2021 announced a new lockdown across the country in a bid to contain the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
All public and private transport was suspended for 42 days, bodabodas limited to carrying only cargo and stop operations at 5pm of each day, arcades closed, all weekly auction markets closed among others.
This meant that many Ugandans especially those in the informal sector have had to stay home regardless of their savings.
18 days into the 42-day lockdown, Government has called on landlords not to evict tenants that have failed to pay rent.
Speaking to reporters at the Uganda Media Centre today afternoon, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi said that tenants should not be evicted over failure to pay rent because they have not been working.
“I want to use this opportunity to call upon the landlords like we guided in the last lockdown, we further as Government want to clarify that as Ugandans, we have to support each other, and people should not be evicted or forced to pay rent when they are not earning. Let Ugandans particularly those who are landlords be lenient, be understanding so that they should not harass the tenants because all of us are being affected by COVID-19,” he said.
Baryomunsi guided that landlords and tenants should have a discussion and restructure the payment modalities.
Similarly, the Minister announced Government is engaging Banks and other financial institutions to also restructure loan payment.
“We are also engaging the Banks and financial institutions to do the same when it comes to loans, mortgages so that there is understanding, and the loans repayment can be restructured so that we can push on our people against these pressures caused by the measures to contain COVID-19,” he said.