Parliament Invites Media Owners To Help In Assessing Effects Of COVID-19 Lockdown

Parliament Invites Media Owners To Help In Assessing Effects Of COVID-19 Lockdown

By Andrew Irumba

The Parliament of Uganda has invited owners of media houses under their umbrella Organization National Association of Broadcaster (NAB) for a dialogue in a bid to establish and assess the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown that was announced by president Museveni in March this year.

Through a letter dated May 29, 2020, addressed to the National Chairman of Broadcasters, Kin Kariisa, the Parliamentary Committee on National Economy headed by former energy Minister and now Nakaseke woman MP and Chairperson of the national economy committee of parliament, Hon.Syda Bbumba, media practitioners and proprietors will interface with her team this Friday June 5, 2020 at 10am. (

Bbumba wants their discussion mainly to focus on the social economic challenges faced by the Central Business District (CBD) communities as a result of Covid-19 lockdown and the quick interventions Gov’t must adopt to resuscitate the economy.
Syda Bumba letter to the National Association of Broadcasters

The letter, signed by Dr Syda Bumba, the Chairperson of the Committee, reads in part thus

Full invitation below:


In a  bid to
save lives by slowing down the spread of COVID-19, Governments around the world
have taken drastic measures, some of which have had a big impact on their

In line with this, the Government of Uganda declared a
partial lockdown on 31st March, 2020, to control the spread of the
COVID-19 pandemic. This seems to have helped rein  in the public health crisis, but is taking
toll on economic activities.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Economy has
considered interfacing with the private sector and other relevant stakeholders  with the main objective of examining the impact
of COVID-19 on the economy, and exploring modalities for recommending to Government
stimuli packages  for affected sectors of
the economy.

This is therefore to invite you to interact with the
Committee and present your evidence–based views on the impact of COVID-19 on
Uganda’s economy, based on the following;
  1. How
    measures taken by Government to control the COVID-19 pandemic have economically
    affected business/firms in Kampala city in terms of the following areas (where

a)Business Activity

b)Income and expenditure performance

c)Supply and demand of labour
(employment), including remuneration of workers.

d)Access to raw materials/inputs

e)Demand for goods and services

f)Prices of goods and services

g)Availability of credit and;

h) Financial and liquidity position,
including servicing of debt and tax obligations.

2-What strategies businesses/firms in
Kampala ity have put in place or are planning to put in place in the short,
medium and long term to contain  the
effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

3-What some of the future
expectations for Kampala City could be, in the event that the COVID-19
containment measures persist.

4-What your perspectives /proposals
are regarding the practical policy options that Government should undertake to
revive economic activity for businesses/firms in Kampala city.

The meeting with you has been scheduled
for Friday, 5th June 2020 at10:00AM in  Conference Hall A, South Wing, Parliamentary
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