One Statement from the President’s Last National Address that Became Controversial

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

The President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Museveni Kaguta has of late been a common figure on TVs following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The President, who was often quoted on newspapers or read on his official twitter account has since the Coronavirus outbreak made at least 5 lengthy speeches to the nation to update the citizenry on the status of the COVID-19 virus spread in Uganda, but also guide the nation on the Donts and Dos.

He shocked the world even more when he released an indoor workout video that went viral on social media and the mainstream media.

In his most recent address last week on Wednesday, the president banned outdoor exercises and declared all streets free of motorcycle riders beyond 2pm. The boda boda riders who were initially allowed to carry cargo alone until the start of curfew at 7pm would go against the new rules if they did so after 2:00pm.

The President didn’t stop there—he touched something on the landlord-tenant relationship, something that seemed to have caught the attention of viewers more. The President did mention that no landlord would evict tenants on grounds of defaulting their rent during this coronavirus emergency. Indeed, it makes more sense especially given that many jobs are lost and life comes above shelter.

This was tenants’ favorite line from all the speeches the president made, while the same statement became property-owners’ nastiest to this day. When I talked to a friend who owns a property in the outskirts of Kitgum Municipality in anonymity, the landlord, also a strong supporter of the President condemned the Head of state’s statement and called it “unfair”.

He added that both landlords and tenants are equally affected by the pandemic and the best thing the government could do would be to treat both parties well by finding a balance. In his opinion, he expected the President to provide a detailed plan for the landlords including how they would be compensated.

He further expressed his concern about the situation should the Coronavirus spread continue for several months.

With another nation address scheduled for today noon, many are enthusiastic about what else the Premier will say. Non-food businesses are especially eager to hear their fate, while public transporters, property owners are similarly curious.

Northernews Wire will update you on the key takeaways from today’s Presidential speech to the nation. The country’s fight against COVID-19 has so far been promising, with 54 infections, no deaths, while another 7 patients have recovered from the infection since outbreak.

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