The Democratic Party (DP) has urged government to enact laws that will allow it to regulate key sectors of the economy.
The party’s mouthpiece, Okoler Opio Lo Amanu, said that sectors like transport, health and utilities should be in the control of government to save the tax payers from being exploited by private players.
Okoler made these remarks while addressing the DP weekly press brief at the party headquarters in Kampala.
“Democratic Party desires to put the government on task to enact laws that shall keep the costs of such (crucial) services in abeyance during the anticipated third wave of the pandemic,” Okoler said.
Okoler said that if such laws where in place during the peak of the second wave, private hospitals would not have taken advantage of COVID-19 patients to charge them ‘unrealistic’ prices for treatment.
“Our view of a liberalised economy is that the government maintains a substantive stake in key sectors like health, transport, banking, communication and utilities,” Okoler said.
Last month, the High Court ordered government to intervene by making regulations for reasonable fees payable to hospitals for management and treatment of Covid-19.
The development followed a case filed by Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) executive director Moses Mulumba on the exorbitant prices charged to treat Covid-19.
Government is however yet to come up with any interventions, a month later.