President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has told Ugandans to be calm about the increasing commodity prices saying the country will overcome it the same way they did with the Coronavirus.
The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has told Ugandans to be calm about the rising commodity prices and that the country will overcome them in the same way they overcame Coronavirus.
“For me am not worried about them (increased prices). If we handled corona, what can we not handle,” Museveni said while giving a speech during the Labour Day Celebrations at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Sunday.
He suggested that amidst increasing prices of commodities, Ugandans should look to purchasing other cheaper alternatives.
“If there is no bread eat muwogo (cassava). Africans confuse themselves. If you’re complaining that there’s no bread or wheat, please eat muwogo. I don’t eat bread myself,” Museveni however, said the government is doing its best to deal with the issue of skyrocketing prices that has now lasted months.
“We shall find solutions. We are talking quietly to Western Europe and Russia. We shall brief you at the right time. I am not worried because we have a solution,” he added.
Meanwhile, the International Labor Day National Celebrations were organised under the theme Mitigating the impact of COVID-19: Enhancing Productive Employment for improved livelihoods through the Parish Development Model.
Speaking about this, the President commended the organisers for coming up with such a theme. He said the government came up with the Parish Development Model (PDM) initiative to help uplift nearly 40 per cent of Ugandans that are stuck in subsistence production to commercial products which will, in turn, culminate in income general and job creation.
‘’I felt elated about the organisers. I thank God that people are waking up now. A certain wise person named a child Otafiire, meaning that if you do not die, you will see good things. I have seen a good thing today at this event.’’
Museveni said the National Resistance Movement has helped elevate Ugandans out of poverty through many other initiatives including NAADs. He, however, reminded that these ventures can only yield returns once the population gets involved.
‘’What we need is to conserve what we have, and multiply it. In agriculture alone, with whatever land we are left with, we can create over 50 million jobs. Now with the Parish Development Model, we can kickstart this. We need a workforce of very many workers. No government has ever given people money to get out of poverty before our time,’’ Museveni said.
‘’Getting out of poverty was everyone’s private business then. All the government did was provide peace. If they wanted coffee or cotton, they would come and coerce you to produce it. We have been giving money since the time of Entandikwa, Prosperity for all, NAADs, now we have Myooga, Parish Development Model, Operation Wealth Creation etc.’’