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Kenyans feel subsidized maize was used as campaign tool

Subsidized maize flour

Kenyans have started feeling the pinch following the government’s move to end the subsidized maize flour programme last month, which saw a 2kg packet retail at 90 shillings.

A spot check by our Nairobi reporter has revealed that most retailers are now selling the 2kg packet of maize flour at 115 shillings.

This is despite the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee telling millers to exhaust the old stock before hiking the prices.

Traders however say they cleared the old stock last week, and are now selling the fresh stock at the price of 115 shillings.

Kenyans have expressed disappointment at the move by retailers to hike the prices claiming that the subsidized maize flour was just a way to coerce Kenyans into voting in the Jubilee government and thus used it as a campaign tool.

However, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett last week said the government will put in place measures to ensure consumers are not exploited by millers.

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