Nzoghu, who doubles as the Shadow Works and Transport Minister, also argues that parliament shouldn’t be seen to be interfering with affairs between landlords and tenants but rather it should ensure that there is a mechanism of resolving disputes and streamline the relationship between the two parties.
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Infrastructure Committee of parliament has resolved to delete a clause in the Landlord
and Tenant Bill, 2018 that seeks to fine or jail landlords who annoy their tenants.
The Bill seeks to formalize and regulate the relationship
between landlords and tenants. Clause 51 of the Bill seeks to bar landlords
from subjecting their tenants to annoyance.
However, legislators across the political divide agreed on
Monday to delete the provision, saying it is vague and can be subject to
abuse by tenants to the disadvantage of landlords and property owners.
The Busongora North MP, William Nzoghu, says the committee
found the proposal wanting in terms of research and evidence from the Lands,
Housing and Urban Development Ministry on how landlords annoy tenants.
questioned why the clause doesn’t also allow landlords to sue tenants who annoy
Nzoghu, who doubles as the Shadow Works and Transport
Minister, also argues that parliament shouldn’t be seen to be interfering with
affairs between landlords and tenants but rather it should ensure that there
is a mechanism of resolving disputes and streamline the relationship between
the two parties.
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The Bulambuli County MP, Alex Burundo Musingo concurs
with Nzoghu, saying the proposal is unfair to landlords who also get annoyed
when tenants destroy their property and default on their rent payment as agreed.
He says that even if the proposal is amended to
provide a penalty for tenants who annoy landlords, it is still vague, adding
that landlords could deliberately provoke their tenants and claim
damages from court.
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The Kapelebyong County MP, Julius Ochen, said the proposal
gives too much powers to tenants at the expense of property rights of
landlords. He also notes that the proposal doesn’t fit the intention of
the Bill, which essentially aims at improving the relationship between
landlords and tenants.
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Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko, the chairperson of
the Physical Infrastructure Committee
says the final report on the Bill will be ready soon. He
however is not sure if he will be able to present the report within this
year of parliament because the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is expected to
announce the end of the current year of the tenth parliament on Wednesday this
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The committee has also to produce a report on
the Physical Planning
(Amendment) Bill, 2018 before the end of the third session of
the current parliament.
Kafeero says the committee had to process the ministerial
statements for the Lands and Works Ministries in April and
also participate in the other budgeting processes, which took about
committee had to suspend its scrutiny of the Landlord and tenant Bill
and the Physical Planning Bill. He is confident that the
committee will process and present
its report on the Physical Planning Bill in the next year of
that the committee was constrained by limited funds, which slowed down the processing
of both bills.
that the committee was allocated Shillings 300million in the 2018/2019
financial year and yet it had to process five bills, three petitions and the
ministerial policy statements for Lands and Works Ministry for the
2019/2020 budget estimates.
The Committee scrutinized the Civil Aviation Authority
(Amendment) and Roads (Amendment) Bill which have so far been passed by
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Going forward, Kafeero says that the committee should be
allocated more than Shillings 1 billion annually to process bills, motions and
petitions. For every bill, at least Shillings
500 million should be released so that the committee can make wide
consultations, engage with the public and also travel inland and abroad
to benchmark on best practices elsewhere.