Former presidential candidate John Katumba has announced his intentions to hold a peaceful protest over the continuous increase of fuel prices in Uganda.
In a letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, Katumba says they will be practicing a constitutional right of holding a peaceful protest on the situation for the betterment of Uganda.
“Due to the rapid increasing of fuel prices that have frustrated our motherland’s economy because of individual selfish interests, we, therefore, inform you that we shall practice our constitutional right of holding a peaceful protest against the above situation for the betterment of our nation,” Katumba’s letter reads in part.
However, the youngest presidential in the January 2021 election did not clarify when he intends to stage the protest.
Fuel prices have been steadily rising since last year and by the end of last week, fuel was already at 12,000 shillings in some parts of the country like Hoima.
Meanwhile, we’ve learnt that Uganda’s cabinet is today Tuesday set to reconvene to find a long lasting solution to the fuel question.
President Yoweri Museveni and the ministers are expected to pass the last resolution on the seemingly unstoppable escalating fuel prices, which have caused unforetold miseries to Ugandans, and worsened the already desparate economic situation, exercabated by negative effects of Covid-19.
Yesterday, cabinet convened to deliberate over the same issue, but miserably failed to reach a compromise, due to pararrel decisions and ideas, which prompted President Museveni to call for a second meeting, that is slated for today afternoon.
Speaking to the press earlier today, the minister of Energy and Mineral Development Ruth Nankabirwa said they have dispatched a team of experienced experts to different parts of the country, to investigate and probe various fuel companies, which have reportely refused to cut down fuel prices, even after being instructed to do so by government.