Around mid February, the prices of commodities in Uganda embarked on an increase which was thought to be for a while due to the fuel scarcity in the country that fairly increases the cost of business. The government succeeded in softening the hearts if the angry natives after promising to curb the inflation in the shortest period possible. However, this seemed a myth.
By May, the high prices seemed to be the normal way of life in relation to the president’s speech in Kololo on labour day, “those who can’t afford bread should opt for cassava” which triggered the wrath of the previously silent Ugandans, students inclusive.
On 5th May, a team of concerned students from Kyambogo, Makerere and MUBS led by NUP’s David Musiri came out to openly protest against the high prices of commodities as they matched to the Parliament. Among these students was Makerere’s justice and constitutional affairs minister Bbosa Edwin.
These students were arrested and arraigned on charges of unlawful assembly before Buganda road court and later on remanded to Luzira Prison and they will be required to appear before the court again on 18th May.
Simultaneously, Makerere University is conducting end of first semester exams and the high chances are, the remanded Makerere students will miss their final papers conducted between 7th and 18th May.