Taxpayers will foot the interest accruing from the Sh2.3 billion that the government owes millers under the maize subsidy programme concluded at the end of 2017.

The government agreed to pay interest to the processors in the event it delayed paying them for the imported subsidised maize, which it eventually did.

According to the millers, the principal amount and interest have accrued to Sh2.7 billion with no sign of payment. The millers have been left to their own devices as they struggle to stock grain for future milling.

The debt, in its second year now, has almost paralysed small millers who struggle to pay workers and meet other financial obligations.

The processors said their operations have been constrained by cash-flow challenges.

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