‘Hunger, anger’ as charcoal scarcity hits Kampala


Scarce now in Kampala. Courtesy Photo.

For two days now, most residents of Makindye division in Kampala are sleeping hungry with anger as charcoal goes missing.

Those who perhaps might have predicted the occurrence are now eating once a day, forgoing breakfast and choosing between lunch and supper.

TND News Uganda’s James Ouko visited most of the popular places where charcoal are sold and found dealers with nothing to sell.

Linda Aguti, a charcoal dealer in Salama village, Makindye division said her business has been affected.

She told our reporter that her hopes of raising money for her two primary school kids, paying house rent, including other domestic expenses could be dented if scarcities prolong.

The mother of 7 and 9 year old boys, Aguti added: “My supplier told me they are finding difficulties getting charcoal. I hope we are able to resume business soon.”

On good days, Aguti was making between shs300,000 to shs450,000. Now, she can’t pocket even a single note.

Muhamed Juko Amiza, a supplier blamed current heavy pour in upcountry and government restrictions on the scarcity.

“We have agreed to eat once a day. I’ve no money to buy gas cooker,” Juko told us.

As a result, a sack of charcoal has risen from Uganda shs60, 000 to Uganda shs83, 000 in few places in the division.

Luweero, Kyankwanzi and Nakaseke districts in Central Uganda are some of the areas where charcoal are made.

Lately, perhaps not more than two years ago, charcoal where being ‘imported’ from some of the northern Uganda districts.


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