The cry by Africans from the start of lockdown on the continent that the least the governments could do is to forego water and power bill has gained momentum in Uganda.
Many Africans laud the Ugandan parliament and prayed government across the continent will do the same.
Members of Parliament in Uganda recently passed a motion asking the government to waive the payment of water and electricity bills.
They claimed this is one one of the ways of the government may use to assist the people as they battle to cope with the debilitating effect of the Covid-19 induced lockdown and its attendant hardships.
The motion was moved by the MP for Masaka Municipality, Mathias Mpuuga on Tuesday who referenced countries that have put in place similar measures.
He indicated that the Indonesian government provided extra funding for an affordable food programme to help its low-income households and that Ghana announced free water for three months and three months tax holiday for its health workers.
He said that the Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the Ugandan economy and it could be mitigated by the government paying for the utilities to the service providers.
He urged the government to consider a waiver and pay the bills to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Umeme Limited, the largest energy distributor in Uganda.
He said: “… workers being laid off, loss of earnings because some couldn’t reach their workplaces, rendering them unable to pay for essential services”.
He advised the government to put the measure in place for 6 months as they continually advanced the campaign of hand washing with soap and water -a critical defence against the spread of Covid-19.
The motion was popularly supported by other members of the parliament as parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga toed their line saying a committee was set up to look at the effect of Covid-19 on the population.
Kadaga said the one of the recommendations was the waiver of utilities as government have an obligation to ensure the supply of clean water to the citizens”.