Jinja NRM Chairperson Sells Sugar At Party Offices

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Kalisa Karangwa, Jinja municipality National Resistance Movement chairperson has turned the party offices into a sugar shop.

Kalisa Karangwa, Jinja municipality National Resistance Movement chairperson has turned the party offices into a sugar shop.

Karangwa was on Monday seen at his offices at Lubas road selling the now scarce commodity at 3000 shillings per kilogram. On the open market, the price ranges between 4000 and 5500 shillings a kilogram.

A Uganda Radio Network reporter in Jinja says at least 30,000 kilograms of sugar packed in 50 kilogram Lugazi sugar factory bags, were on Monday morning off loaded at the NRM offices and thereafter hundreds of people flocked the place after they got to know about it.

But some residents including NRM members are now raising questions as to where the party official got sugar from and why he sold it at his office premises.

Peter Ntudu Mwanja, an NRM member from Buwenge says the action will create a bad image of the party as people think the NRM party has intentionally hidden sugar to sell it to people in Jinja through their party offices.

He says this will change the political perception of the party and the current sugar and fuel prices which are still very high.

Joshua Lukakamwa, a resident of Namulesa in Jinja says if an NRM chairperson can sell sugar at a lower price, then it is possible for government to pass legislation on the prices of sugar.

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Hadijah Mustafa from Wanyange arrived at the offices at 3pm with 18,000 shillings for six kilograms but was only given one kilogram which she refused to take home. She says a kilo of sugar in Jinja is at Shs 4800, which is high and the reason she wanted more kilograms.

Willy Musambi, the in charge of distributing the sugar at the NRM offices on Monday said half of the sugar was sold and more is being delivered on Tuesday for people to buy.

He said Kalisa Kalangwa chose to sell one kilogram because it was enough to send out a message to the people as they wait for more sugar to arrive from Lugazi Sugar factory.