The high costs of essential household commodities are worrying and Members of Parliament want government to take action and stall rising prices.
Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Mohammed Nsereko said the concerns of high fuel prices have now shifted to the increased prices of soap, detergents and sugar among other household commodities.
He said that that a bar of soap has increased to Shs 9000 with sugar surpassing it’s normal market price.
“When we talked of fuel prices, government assured us of a comprehensive report on monitoring mechanisms that will deter fuel dealers from hiking the prices. It is a month now but we do not see any change,” Nsereko said.
Nsereko added that much as the price of household commodities is going up, the remuneration of workers like teachers has not improving.
Tororo District Woman MP, Sarah Opendi said the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) indicated that prices of soap and other detergent had gone by 85 per cent.
She added that some manufacturers of these product blame government for imposing an import duty on the raw materials used to produce soap and detergents at 10 per cent where there was previously no tax on such materials.