Speaking at the Uganda Media Center on Thursday, Kania said all they have for now is to appeal to the landlords as a form of corporate social responsibility, to wait not to ask for rent until such a time when the people go back to normal way of working.
The State Minister of Internal Affairs, Mario Obiga Kania has said
that as of now they don’t have any law to compel landlords to waive rent or
stop them from evicting tenants.
Speaking at the Uganda Media Center on Thursday, Kania said all
they have for now is to appeal to the landlords as a form of corporate social
responsibility, to wait not to ask for rent until such a time when the people
go back to the normal way of working.
“We are not saying don’t pay but as a business agreement with this
person when to pay until these measures are over. We have no right to direct
them to waive off the rent but if you remove so many people and they go to the
streets, it will become a problem. We appeal very firmly that please, let these
tenants remain, you will sort out these issues later,” Kania said.
On Wednesday, while addressing the country, President Museveni
said landlords shouldn’t evict tenants based on non-payment of rent until the
measures imposed to curtail the spread of coronavirus are lifted.
Earlier Kania had said that if anybody is evicted by their
landlords, the government will make sure that they are reinstated because this
is the time for helping each other.
Meanwhile, Kania also reiterated the President’s message on the
ban on the use of Boda Boda and said any form of motorcycles should stop moving
by 2 pm unless given special permission by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“All motorcycles must stop at 2 Pm; the whole idea is to minimize
the movement of people. Please don’t wait for the time of the curfew to start
doing your work. We hope it won’t be necessary to impound your machines,” Kania
On the pickups and double cabin vehicles, Kania said that there is
going to be more scrutiny to make sure that they are going to pick up cargo but
not for just moving around.
On the border markets, Kania said the police and other security
agencies must make sure that they are closed because they might facilitate the
transmission of the coronavirus.
“We want to contain Covid-19 within Uganda because our neighbours
are taking their steps. I appeal to the district authorities to close those
markets because they are making our job very difficult,” Kania said.
Kania also revealed that foreigners living in Uganda shouldn’t be
worried about the expiry of their visas or work permits.
“We have suspended the issue of illegal immigration for the time
being and we shall be reviewing this time to time,” Kania said.