By Spy Uganda
Former Forum for Democratic Change President (FDC) party president Rtd. Col. Kizza Besigye has this morning been arrested and taken back to his home when he attempted to move to town in protest of the escalating essential commodity prices.
For months now, Ugandans have been struggling to make ends meet due to the sharp price of commodities. Authorities are blaming the situation on the long term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the raging war in Ukraine but according to Besigye, some local measures can be taken to curb the situation.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, vegetable oil prices rose another 23 percent in March. Hon.Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance tried to calm the population in a Parliament address two weeks ago, saying Uganda wasn’t the only one affected by these challenges.
“The situation has been worsened by the Russian-Ukraine conflict which has further disrupted the supply of oil, cereals such as wheat, corn, sunflower oil as well as essential metals like aluminium and nickel. The two countries are major producers and exporters of these commodities,” declared Kasaija.
With the major disruptions changing the world order, Uganda will most likely have to make strategic changes and look for new suppliers. Not an easy task, as according to Human rights Watch, in 2020, Kampala imported 48% of its Wheat from Russia and Ukraine.