Members of Parliament on Wednesday questioned Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja on the alleged Covid-19 vaccines sold to city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu.
Hon Adeke Anna demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister on why business man Mr Ham Kuggundu received 2000 vaccines for his tenants/staff YET there are many Frontline workers i.e Medical doctors and Police have not been vaccinated.
Adeke further raised concern over the discriminative approach by government to identify beneficiaries of COVID19 relief.
She asked the Prime Minister to respond to the concerns raised by the Public, that the relief was distributed along party lines.
“The business community in Kampala is suffering. The interest rates are not going down and we don’t know how they are going to handle the rent arrears after the 42 days,” pointed out MP Allan Ssewanyana.
He said previously, the government came out clearly and issued statements over the same giving directives to Banks on how to handle the on the loans and the landlords on how to handle arrears of rent.
“I think that the Prime Minister is being wishy-washy as far as vaccination is concerned. When you look at her plan she says, yes we shall get some vaccines from COVAX and so on,” pointed out MP Joel Ssenyonyi.
“Can we get some specificities. Countries elsewhere are opening up because they have vaccinated their population. We request the Prime Minister to be clear as far as vaccination is concerned,” Ssenyonyi said.
MP Wilson Kajwengye acknowledged and said he was very happy that with the 42 days lockdown announced by the President, “we have noted a significant drop the rate of hospitalisation. This is good and I encourage the Frontline workers to move forward”.
“We must provide our health officials with sufficient protective gears. This must be budgeted for and provided as soon as possible. I have just been with my district task force of Kiruhura and I met the doctors of Kiruhura Health Center 4 and we had to donate the PPEs,” he noted.
Hon. Prossy Akampurira, Woman MP Rubanda, asked Government to allow private hospitals to import Covid-19 vaccines such that people who afford can access them through these hospitals.
MP Shamim Malende tasked Nabbanja to explain the issue of congestion in Cells/Prisons.
“People are being arrested on a daily i.e people from the getto, boda boda riders, taxi operators, etc, and they are being detained in the congested Police cells and Prisons,” she pointed out.
She said the people of Kampala are dying of COVID19.
“They are equally dying of hunger within their houses, yet they see no exit strategic plan that has been put in place by government.”