By Emmanuel Omona PaOkech
Traders in Elegu trading center have reportedly started hiking the prices of their essential commodities due to the high demand of those commodities.
Elegu trading center is found at the boarder between Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda.
The trading centre attracts traders from all parts of East Africa such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania .
Moses Okello, a trader in Elegu trading center told Uganda Picks that there is an increasing demand for commodities like charcoal, Rice and jerrycans of water compared to a year ago.
Okello says a sack of charcoal that used to go for 30,000 shillings is now at 40,000 shillings and adds that Rice that used to be at 3,500 shillings a kilogram is now at 4,000 shillings a kilo.
He also explains that it has become very expensive for them to get fresh drinking water as a jerrycan goes for 2,000 from 700 shillings.
Derrick Matovu, a Muganda man who hails from Namungoona in Kampala has been selling water in Elegu for years now.
He brags that he can make up to 100,000 Uganda shillings per day.
He said he makes over 19 to 20 trips every day and that it is his energy that limits him.