By Ronald Kabuye
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party has advised government to first invest in the housing sector before enacting the “land lords and Tenants bill” which might be used to criminalize the land lords hence worsening the situation.
While addressing journalists at the FDC party head office, the party spokesperson Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said though they support the legislation that protects tenants from exploitation but the land lords too need to be protected since they are the ones who have helped to reduce the housing shortage burden.
Ssemujju said government should instead invest much in the housing sector before thinking of legislating it since the country is stuck in the housing shortage of 1.6 million while 40% of Ugandans are staying in substandard houses.
The country’s annual housing budget stands at 1.6 billion shillings which is further less than the president’s budget for public gatherings which stands at 2.4 billion.
“ How do you regulate persons staying in kiosks, really how do you tell their land lords to first get a court order before evicting such persons! you tell the land lord to keep the house in good condition but don’t tell the tenant to keep it in the same condition he found it!” wondered Ssemujju.