President Museveni has said that Government will not allow Landlords to evict their tenants over failure to pay rent.
He made the pronouncement while delivering the State of the Nation Address at State House Entebbe on Thursday.
“The Government will not allow the Landlords evicting tenants on account of not paying rent. Discussions have started with both groups and solutions will be found. This lockdown is new to people in the towns,” he said.
Museveni’s order to stop Landlords from evicting tenants over failure to pay rent is attributed to the current COVID-19 lockdown which has made many people stay home without working.
Many tenants renting arcades in downtown Kampala have always called on the authorities to call on Landlords not to demand rent payment given that arcades are still not allowed to open despite relaxing lockdown measures that have seen shopping malls and general merchandise shops resume operations.
In President Museveni’s most recent address on June 1, 2020, he allowed shopping malls to reopen but maintained closure of arcades.
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde on Wednesday said that shopping malls were allowed to resume operations because they are easy to control, have ample and convenient space for parking, have two major entrances and one emergency exit and can therefore easily observe Ministry of Health guidelines in regards to containing the spread of COVID-19, unlike arcades which are congested.