Student leaders from various Universties across the country have today carried out apeaceful demonstration over the daily increase of various commodities prices within in the country. As they march to the Parliament of Uganda to submit a petition to Right Honourable Anitah the Speaker of parliament, they were arrested by the police and taken to Jinja Police station.
Among the students arrested include , shamin Nambasa(Makerere’s Guild President) Former kyambogo University guild aspirant Mandu Mandwa Elijah, Head of institutions(Nup)comrade Musiiri David,Kamya Carlos,Allan, among others.
The students urge that the highcking prices of commodities have caused suffering of ugandans as if they are not in there country.
According to the petition they were to submit in to the speaker, the students demanded the government of Uganda to intervene and avert the escalating price levels; which they assert that it has caused total misery amongst Ugandan population.
It’s also remembered that in 10th May 2022,Lawmakers demanded the government to pronounce herself on the rising prices of essential commodities including soap, sugar, cooking oil and fuel.
Raising on a matter of national importance during plenary on Thursday, 10 March 2022, Nakaseke South County MP, Paulson Luttamaguzi said a bar of soap has risen from Shs5,000 to as much as Shs12,000 and this is worrying locals.
Busia Municipality MP, Hon. Geoffrey Macho pointed out that the situation is worse at the border districts, saying that a bar of soap now costs Shs15,000.
“Prices of all commodities have doubled because of the weak Uganda shilling, against the Kenya shilling,” Macho said.
Hon. John Faith Magolo (Bunghoko County North) said that the surging prices have forced MPs to abandon their constituencies because they do not have sufficient explanation.
“They stormed me and demanded answers. I fear going to my constituency. They assured me that when they see the Deputy Speaker going to her constituency, they will stop her because they know she has answers,” he said.
In response ,AnitaAmong said ,“Let us give government time to prepare so that they can give us actions, not just lamentation. It is a multi-sectoral issue.”
Also the Deputy speaker and also Ruhinda North County MP, Thomas Tayebwa, said that the Prime Minister was expected to meet manufacturers on 11 March 2022 to look into the matter and will present a statement on Tuesday, 15 March 2022. However up to now the matter have not yet been solved and the situation is becoming worser well as the government from other countries are taking measures to cushion the citizens against this crisis like raising the salaries of the citizens.