By Mandela Nelson Denis

 

Front view of one of the Shops at Konyokonyo Market. Photo by Mandela Nelson Denis: Juba Monitor

Many citizens are worried that prices of food and non-food items might skyrocket as Christmas festive season approaches.

Miyas Medhanie Habash, a local trader at Konyo Konyo market said prices of commodities will not reduce. “Unless the dollar rate reduces, prices in the markets will always remain higher,” Habash said.

Habash said although the rate of US dollar currently stands at 17, 500 South Sudanese Pounds to 18,000 SSP for 100USD; it has not contributed to any change in prices as most customers still complain of the skyrocketing of prices in the markets.

“Our biggest problem is the floating rate of the dollar.  If the rate is fixed or drops down, then prices of all the commodities shall also drop in the market and the customers will stop complaining of high prices,” Miyas said.

Miya revealed that the diplomats in Juba have become their biggest buyers of their goods compared to the local people. “Our biggest customers now are the diplomats who are residents of Juba. They buy a lot, regularly compared to the local consumers who do buy in small quantities,” Miyas told Juba Monitor in an interview yesterday.

Yaba Angelo who also runs a retail shop at Konyo Konyo market said he takes the situation as normal and said there was no need to complain about the US dollar rate. “The dollar rate is affecting us, but what can we do,” Angelo said.

“We have to move on. I survive because of the good relationship I have with my customers who always buy my commodities,” he added.

When asked where he always buys his goods from, Mr. Angelo said he gets his goods from one of the local suppliers within Juba and that he does not need US dollar for purchasing them.

One hundred kilograms of maize flaour, 25killogram of lintel,  two boxes of chicken benny,10 liters of cooking oil and 25 kilograms of rice, all combined cost about 30,000 SSP, which is about 170 USD.

Despite the fact that civil servants have not received their salaries for over four months, Konyo konyo market still continues to be one of the busiest arenas in Juba.