Ugandans were charged high prices for goods and services in April compared to what they spent in March, a survey by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has said.
This was the period, wherein anticipation of lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ugandans went out to stock on foodstuffs and other goods.
UBOS reports that maize flour and rice had the biggest increases in prices.
This is because they were the most stocked food items.
Maize flour prices increased to 37.0 per cent for the year ending April 2020 compared to 32.2 per cent recorded in March, whole rice prices increased to 7.4 per cent in April 2020 compared to 0.3 per cent recorded in March 2020.
This shows that retailers took advantage of the demand to hike the prices.
People paid more than 3000 Shillings per kilogram of maize flour, while rice buyers paid as much as 6,000 Shillings.
Vegetables, beans, salt, sugar, and non-alcoholic drinks like sodas, juices saw their prices jump too.