While addressing workers Unions and government officials on Labor day at the Kololo Independence grounds, President Museveni advised Ugandans to eat cassava if they cannot afford bread.
However, since then, residents in Busoga sub region have seen the price of cassava increase from 80,000 shillings a sack to now 130,000shillings close to an Irish potato sack that goes for 160,000- 180,000 shillings. Some people claim that whoever has a cassava garden is now sitting on a “gold mine”.
This response in the Busoga region made Fatboy think it was hilarious but also wondered why the same regard isn't given to other areas which the President passes advice to.
“It's so amazing how the President’s remarks can just spark off these interesting shifts in prices and demand for certain commodities in the market. I wish his words were similarly effective in inspiring people to not be corrupt, to work hard, to serve the country but we only listen to him when he tells us to eat cassava unfortunately,” said James Onen.
The radio veteran aka Fatboy further added, “who knew the President’s remarks could move the market like this? I’m almost reminded of how Elon Musk can tweet about something and just impact the stock price of anything.”
Although he named himself “not a very huge fan of cassava” due to the sleepiness and laziness it induces, he said that he liked cassava chips.
His co-host Olive Najjuma reasoned that cassava prices in Busoga sub region have gone up because cassava and sweet potatoes are the widely consumed foods in the region.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive and Sarah every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.