When you visit your local supermarket, you will hardly find the Sh. 100 per 2kg maize flour. There is a biting maize flour shortage.
In fact, the majority of Kenyans are yet to access the cheap maize flour weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that millers would offer cheap unga on a subsidized plan.
As the shortage continues to bite, the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Peter Munya has accused maize millers of hoarding the product to create an artificial shortage.
“We reduced the prices for maize flour. Unfortunately, some millers have decided to hide them. As we speak now, the government is assessing where they are hiding this important product. We are going to take action against them. From tomorrow, Kenyans will see what is going on,” said CS Munya.
The government is expected to spend up to Sh. 8 billion to compensate millers for the cheap unga.
The subsidy package suspends the Railway Development Levy and Import Declaration Fee charged on imported maize to Kenya, and subsidizes the retail price of maize flour by Sh. 105 ($0.89) for every 2-kilogram pack.
“This is meant to lower the cost of living for the vulnerable households as we look for a sustainable solution to the recurrent rising price of unga every election,” President Uhuru had said.
Prior to the subsidy, consumers were buying the 2kg maize flour at Sh. 230 to 250.