Legislators Ask Govt to Resume Free Electricity

Legislators Ask Govt to Resume Free Electricity

Parliament of Uganda has urged the government to resume the free electricity connection policy.

They say the move will greatly affect the citizens especially the 240000 homes in the country who have been looking forward to benefit from the program.

In May, a section of Members of Parliament made motion asking government to waive water and electricity bills for six months following the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislators argued that the lockdown which came into force in March has left Ugandans incapacitated economically and are unable to foot utility bills due to loss of employment by many, failure to run their businesses and also the movement restrictions that have put things to a standstill.

The MPs say other countries like Ghana already announced free water for three months while Guinea says it will freeze house rent and El Salvador among others has waived water, internet and electricity bills.

In response to the concerns raised has told parliament that Government is committed to implementing the free electricity connection policy. He cites financial constraints, but promises that the program will resume.