In Summary
  • A spot check by the Nation across the country shows that prices of maize meal and sugar are on an upward trend.
  • This is even as Dr Richard Lesiyampe, the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Agriculture, on Saturday said that by the end of the month, 990,000 bags of 90kg maize would have been imported, which will be a step towards meeting the monthly consumption of sifted maize meal by Kenyans that stands at 1.5 million bags.

The pinch that Kenyans have been feeling over skyrocketing prices of food continues to get worse as people find their money buying less and less commodities.

A spot check by the Nation across the country shows that prices of maize meal and sugar are on an upward trend despite the interventions announced by the Jubilee administration to deal with the situation.

This is even as Dr Richard Lesiyampe, the Principal Secretary at the State Department of Agriculture, on Saturday said that by the end of the month, 990,000 bags of 90kg maize will have been imported, which will be a step towards meeting the monthly consumption of sifted maize meal by Kenyans that stands at 1.5 million bags.

Dr Lesiyampe waded into the controversy surrounding the importation of maize, saying the State had no aim of making a profit.

“All maize being imported into the country is by private millers, and not the government,” he said in a statement.

“The importation is not a preserve of cartels as claimed but it is open to any Kenyan business person who can undertake importation,” he said.

However, Nasa coalition leader Raila Odinga said the Jubilee administration is hurting Kenyans with its policies.

'NOT SOLVED'

“Despite importing 300,000 bags of maize from Mexico, it has not solved Kenyans’ problems. If elected, the Nasa government will save Kenyans. In our first 90 days in office, we will show them how to govern the country,” Mr Odinga told mourners at the burial of Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu’s mother Rebecca Nasimiyu in Bungoma.

In Dr Lesiyampe’s estimation, Kenya will have a stable supply of maize in September.

“By September it is expected that six million bags will have been imported and this will be enough to resolve the maize crisis in the country,” he said.

Before that is achieved, Kenyans continue to carry the heavy weight of rising prices.

In Kisumu on Saturday, supermarkets said they were limiting the number of packets of sugar and maize flour that a customer could purchase.

“The price of unga and sugar is high but we have not experienced a decline in purchase. We have to limit the number of packets a customer can buy because if we fail to do so, then many people will miss the commodities because of the high demand,” said Mr Pascal Wabuke, the manager of Khetias Supermarket’s Kisumu branch.

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