Hear Me Out guest host Donald Wasike has said that Ugandans could actually take advantage of the inflation that has for the past couple of months seen prices of essential commodities shoot out the roof.
The inflation has seen prices of soap soar to upto 2 dollars per bar, 4 dollars for cooking oil, making many struggle in silence, hardly being able to provide for their families.
“With all these high prices, the fabrique of Uganda is under attack. You go home, you have 20k, you choose. Is it going to be Yaka, food, fuel, kameeza, hair or yours for beer? And that's why Museveni has a problem with people. He is leading right now, why aren't they listening to him? Wasike wondered.
“This is the best time Ugandans should be thriving. Because if you look at it (cassava) comprises a larger market, more demand, that means there should to be more supply. Ugandans should be going to work in cassava fields right now, following the agenda or getting lost with MK. I don't know what Ugandans should be doing for these high prices,”said Wasike.
Wasike made the sarcastic joke following the advice President Museveni gave to Ugandans for the high prices of essential commodities during the Labor Day celebrations on May 1, 2022 at Kololo Independence grounds in which he advised Ugandans to eat cassava instead of bread which is more expensive.
Wasike further said that, “But if you think about it, everyone can become a producer in this country. This Museveni cassava thing, it makes some sense if you actually thought about it. The cost of bread is 4000-5000 shillings and here bread unlike in Sudan, cannot cause an uprising because it has substitutes. There's cassava, lumonde, there’s sweet kamembe (posho crust).”
However, he noted that the government should provide support to see that Ugandans in such situations are helped citing Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan of Uganda which are aimed at investing and promoting the creative industry where no developments have been made towards their achievement.
He also added, “If Muhoozi says that he is compensating for this, what is the compensation for worker’s wages? How is “muntu wa wansi'' surviving then? That thought came to me when I looked at Kenya’s 12 percent increment on their worker’s wages. It should have been the same here because if the same 200k I was paid before cannot afford the same products due to inflation, there should be an increment.
In his advice, Daniel Omara the show host, also said that, Ugandans having passed through Covid 19, the situation was relatable and could be solved by cutting on the expenses.
“This is about individual survival, because if the government doesn't do anything, are you going to sit home and blame it? So we've agreed membe should become their own course. Am thinking we should break down meals further, for example Rolex, let's have the revolutionary soup at the end of the kaveera served differently because that's where I see things going,” Daniel reasoned.
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