THE scarcity of sugar in the market and its rising prices resulted in the exchange of charges and counter-charges between the government and the opposition members in the National Assembly on Saturday, that the mills owned by their members were accused of hoarding the commodity. Whatever the truth in the specific allegations, the fact remains that most of the sugar mills in the country are owned by those who sit either on the Treasury benches or in the Opposition, or are influential political figures. And if there has been illegal stockpiling at the mills, which no doubt has been the case as revealed by the raids at their premises, these politicians are responsible for causing the shortage and the consequent jump in prices. It is time they understood the plight of the general public that it is finding it hard to bear the backbreaking inflation and they honoured their mandate of solving the people's problems.