Kizza Besigye, the former presidential candidate, has spoken out on his recent arrests, saying that he will not allow being kept indoors like a prisoner; he has the right to free movement.
The former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has spoken out on his recent arrests saying that he will not allow being kept indoors like a prisoner because he has a right to free movement.
“I will not accept to be kept in my house like I am a prisoner in my own country. This must stop,” Dr Beisgye made the remarks shortly after he was rearrested on Monday as he tried to flee his home in Kasangati.
This is the third time in a space of days that he has been arrested since he resumed his ground criticism of President Museveni’s government for doing nothing to respond to skyrocketing commodity prices.
Besigye was last week also arrested on the same issue after he had planned another walk to work in protest of the high prices.
For now, for two months or even more, prices of essentials including fuel, soap, bread and others have drastically increased with many Ugandans now feeling the effect.
Speaking about the hike, Museveni who read his nation’s address on Sunday said the government can do very little on the issue. The president also ruled out the idea of tax cuts as a solution saying that it would be suicidal and also affect the economy deeply.
Museveni warned that if not managed well, the price hikes can easily lead to the collapse of any economy. He said because the issue is only temporary, the government cannot be diverted into creating further loopholes in the economy over one small economic challenge.
“For the internally produced items, I was tempted to remove taxes, but this would cripple our development. Some of these challenges are temporary. Subsidies and removing taxes from imported products is suicide,” Museveni said.
He suggested the right thing to do is for the population to use imported commodities frugally and look out for alternative products.
Museveni suggested that for items like soap, alternatives including sunflower can be used for production. For bread he said banana and cassava flour could be used in the meantime.
“The correct action is ‘kukekeleza’ or ‘kubyesonyiwa’, getting alternatives for the non-oil items. Let’s develop capacity. We shall cover all these gaps by not stopping. If we stop ‘kumagamaga’, we shall be creating problems for ourselves,” Museveni suggested.
“Even when we get our own petroleum, we can’t sell it below world prices plus transport. If you do, you create an incentive for smuggling. All these things need planning and strategy, not emotions,” he added.