The current economic crisis in the country has hit hard the elderly. Many elders especially those who fend for themselves are finding it hard to afford a day’s meal. 56-year-old Mtwalib Wakatende a resident of Mooni village in Mbale district is one of the elders who are facing the brunt of the economic hardship.
Wakatende the sole bread winner of his family lives in a small mud and wattle farm house with his children. The current economic hardship has forced the family to depend on roasted and boiled maize for lunch and supper. He explains that he has to offer cheap labor in Mbale town to raise some money which isn’t enough to purchase maize flour so he has to resort to maize to feed the family.
He says on a day he is not hired to do odd jobs the family sleeps hungry. Wakatende remembers the good old days when there was plenty to eat and prices of commodities were low. He blames the current predicament on scarcity of land. He says over the years the population in Bugisu has grown big making it hard for an average family to own just an acre of land on which to grow crops.
Wakatende also blames the dilemma on lack of government policies that are geared towards arresting the increasing price of commodities. He advises President Yoweri Museveni to retire and give room to a new government which can o address the plight of the people who are facing the brunt of the economic hardship.
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The prices of consumer commodities have shot up with a kilogram of sugar now at 8000 shillings in Mbale.