Torit residents decry skyrocketing market prices
Residents in Torit town, Eastern Equatoria State, have expressed concerns over the skyrocketing prices of commodities in the markets.
According to the residents, the increase in the prices of goods brought a lot of confusion, such as a rise in domestic violence in most families in Torit.
Speaking to The City Review in an interview, one of the residents of the Moruari area of Torit town, Juma Sebit, said the countrywide increase in prices is complicating the lives of citizens.
“Some residents find it hard to put food on the table to sustain their families.”
He called on the government to address the issue soon.
Juma said that most families are now living from hand to mouth and they can barely sustain their living.
‘‘If you ask traders, they will say [it is the rate of dollars] and we don’t understand how people will make [it] out of this. We need our government to look into this issue very seriously, “he said.
Another resident, Zunubi Mercy, said the rise in prices had subjected many families to food rationing as some of them could not afford all the meals.
“Prices of all goods have changed in the markets. Now soaps and cooking oil are very expensive in the markets. A bar of soap is at SSP 800, “Mercy said.
The Director-General in the State Ministry of Trade and Industry, Stephen Ihude, said the the problem of inflation had escalated beyond his control.
‘‘It is not only Eastern Equatoria State that is experiencing the high prices but [the problem is] global and it is quite hard,’’ he said.
‘‘I call upon the citizens to bear [with us] for the moment as some local products have started coming out and I believe this will help solve the issue of the prices in the local market,” he said.