President Museveni has revealed that political conflict ravaging a number of Arab states is pushing tea prices downwards in Uganda.
Speaking at the National Resistance Movement (NRM) 30th liberation anniversary in Fort Portal yesterday, Museveni argued that tea farmers used to sell a kilogram of tea at 500shs but they now sell it at 300shs.
“This was because of the uprisings in the Arab countries. Those who think that bad politics is a nice game should revise a little more. Everyone is now paying the price. We hope that stability will be restored soon,” Museveni said.
Adding; “I believe those that were fueling the upheaval have seen their mistakes. The counties have remained without peace and we too are suffering. They think that they know everything, but now they are also confused.”
Museveni noted that negotiations are going on to re-open the markets. “I am pursuing a number of bilateral talks; I have been to Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Sudan to ensure that someone buys our tea, no matter the price. In return we will buy something else from them.”
The wave of demonstrations and protests in Arab countries that started in 2010 in Tunisia led to overthrow of Africa’s strong men including Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, later killed by rebels and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak but destabilised the region further.