The founder of opposition political party, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has expressed worry over Uganda’ lack of fuel and food reserves that can sustain people in case of crises for at least a month.

Muntu was Tuesday morning appearing of Baba TV’s Gangamuka Extra show. While responding to how his party should have handled the ongoing hiking prices of commodities in the country, the former army Commander said the situation would be different if Uganda had leaders who forecast situations and work for the people.

“We currently have no fuel reserves, no food reserves and we lack discipline in utilizing the financial resources we have. If a disciplined political party was in power, it would have built food and oil reserves that can sustain the country through crises when they arise,” said Gen Muntu.

Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu (L) and Baba Television show host Kungu Al-mahadi Adam during the show on Tuesday.

At the start of this month, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities were as a result of natural calamities like Covid-19 and exacerbated by man-made external factors like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which have disrupted the global supply chain and created a scarcity of products.

He advised Ugandans to eat cassava as an alternative to bread whose price has gone up due to disruptions in wheat supply.

“If there is no bread eat muwogo (cassava). Africans really confuse themselves. You are complaining that there’s no bread or wheat, please eat muwogo. I don’t eat bread myself,” he noted.

But according to Gen Muntu, Uganda should have learnt from the 2007 post election crisis in Kenya that created a similar situation in Uganda, to prepare for the future. He says the leaders learnt nothing and did nothing.

“In 2007, we had fuel crisis in Uganda caused by post election violence in Kenya. That should have awakened us to prepare for future occurance of similar events. How can a landlocked country like ours not have reserves to push the country through a crisis at least for a month? he asked.

“That, only speaks to gross incompetence on the part of the leaders we have. Kenya will go to polls in August, we pray is goes well, otherwise, we will his hit harder as a country.”

You saw what happened in Kenya and caused us problems, and you yet couldn’t wake up to put in place reserves of foods like rice, wheat, beans and maize. How prepared are we as a country for disasters that may befall us? This country is ruled by people who do not see far,” added Gen Muntu.

Currently, prices of fuel, soap and other essential commodities remain high. Various government officials have since said that this is a global challenge whose cause is beyond the control of government.

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