President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has summoned legislators
under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus to discuss
the escalating commodity prices, among others.
Brandon Kintu, the NRM Caucus spokesperson confirmed
the agenda of the Tuesday scheduled meeting in an interview with Uganda Radio
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According to messages sent to the 337 NRM MPs, Herbert
Kinobere, the Caucus Vice Chairperson notes that they will have the caucus
meeting at Kololo Independence Grounds and requested MPs to undertake the
COVID-19 tests at Parliament on Monday.
“For those who are upcountry, you can go to the
nearby Ministry of Health authorized testing laboratory and test,” reads part
of the message by Kinobere.
In the past months, Ugandans experienced increase in
prices of essential commodities like soap, cooking oil, sugar and others leaving
many frustrated. The cost of soap for example has more than doubled in the past
weeks from 3500 Shillings a bar to 7500 Shillings. The skyrocketing prices have
been attributed to increase in fuel prices by traders.
Last month, a section of MPs tasked government to
explain the increasing commodity prices calling for the suspension of fuel
taxes among others.
In response to the increasing commodity prices, the
Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija has in the past attributed the situation to
geo-political tensions that disrupted supply of oil. He said that these issues
are beyond the country’s policy makers.
Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Sheema Woman MP said that
they need the President or Minister of Finance to come up with a solution to ensure
that prices of the essential commodities go down. She suggested that government
ensures that some taxes are cut especially on the commodities that are basic.
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the Samia-Bugwe Central MP said that they need to understand what is causing the
skyrocketing prices and ensure that they slow down the rate of the price
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Nyangweso also said
that he expects announcement of tax exemptions for example on importation of crude
oil and fuel.
"We were told by the Minister
that what has increased the price for soap and cooking oil is importation of
crude oil. So we want to see how government is intervening. Let us have tax
holiday on crude oil and fuel and these are some of the interventions we expect
to discuss with the President,” he added.