If bread is too costly, President Museveni advises Ugandans to eat cassava.
With the current Russia-Ukraine conflict and the global economy still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, Ugandan households are under unprecedented financial strain.
President Yoweri Museveni told worker’s unions and government officials at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Sunday that Ugandans should stop moaning about wheat scarcity and just go with the flow.
“If there is no bread available, eat muwogo (cassava). Ugandans are really perplexed. Please eat muwogo if you’re moaning about the lack of bread or wheat. I don’t consume bread, “he stated.
Museveni also stated that people will be forced to make decisions, as members of the public have been pressing the government to intervene and save Ugandans from rising petrol, diesel, and consumer goods costs.
Uganda, according to the Global Press Journal, is one of over 50 nations that rely on Russia and Ukraine for certain wheat imports. The East African country produces wheat, but not enough to fulfill domestic demand. In 2020, the government would spend $119 million on wheat imports while only earning $3,380 on wheat exports.
President Museveni also referred to the current spike in commodity prices as a “man-made” problem. According to him, the distribution channels have been disrupted as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and natural disasters such as Covid-19.
“I am not concerned about them (increased prices). What can’t we manage if we can handle Corona? “Museveni stated this.
“We will find a solution. We are discreetly communicating with Western Europe and Russia, and we will inform you when the time comes. I’m not concerned since we’ve found a solution “He continued.
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the annual inflation rate in Uganda has risen to 4.9 percent from a year ago in April 2022, the highest since September 2017.