Don’t pay more for subsidized flour, Kenyans told

Residents of Nyando, Kisumu County have been asked not to pay more for the government’s subsidized maize flour at inflated prices but instead report such retailers to relevant authorities for action.

Nyando Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Kennedy Lunalo told residents to report traders demanding more than the government set price of Shs.47 and Shs.90 for one Kilogram and 2 Kilograms pack respectively.

I want to ask the residents of Nyando not to be duped into paying more than the recommended price for the government flour and to inform the police of any individual attempting to defraud them, said Lunalo.

The DCC told a Madaraka day rally at Lela Secondary disclosed that one of the traders at Ahero market who was found flouting the subsidized flour price caps had been arrested and would be answering to charges in accordance with the law.

He urged the local flood victims who benefitted from the government relief food to use the rations sparingly in light of the hard economic times and soaring food prices.

At least 322 and 89 bags of maize and beans respectively of 90 kilogram each, and 256 bags of rice each of 25 kilograms, was last week distributed to the flood victims.

In Kikuyu Sub county, area Deputy County Commissioner, Paul Famba claimed that some of the traders were repackaging the subsidized floor only to later sell the commodity at exorbitant prices after removing the price label.

Security agents have information of traders who are repackaging the floor to conceal its identity and they will soon be arrested and prosecuted Famba warned.

He reminded the traders of a harsh penalty of up to one million shillings fine to the unscrupulous business people caught overcharging consumers purchasing the government subsidized maize floor.

Elsewhere, Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner, Frederick Ndambuki and Kerio Valley Development Authority boss, David Kimosop have called on leaders and wananchi to support the Shs.62 billion Arror and Kimwarer multipurpose dams.

The leaders said the two dams once complete will be of great benefit to the county as they will provide electricity and water both for irrigation and domestic use.

The dams which will be funded by the national government through KVDA have been facing opposition from communities living around them who claim they were not consulted before government embarked on plans to construct them.

Kimosop said the dams will generate 80 megawatts, irrigate 10,000 hectares in addition to supplying water to 80,000 households.

In Homa Bay County Commissioner, Kassim Farah warned those with intent to cause breach of peace because of elections that they will be met with the full force of the law.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta will soon visit the County to open the Mbita Bridge which had remained a causeway for a long time.

The commissioner praised good working relationship between the county and national leadership.

The County Governor, Cyprian Awiti who also present said they have worked closely with the national government for the benefit of the people.

Bomet Deputy County Commissioner, Henry Metto said the government will arrest and prosecute politicians who will engage voters in hate speech during the campaign period.

He told area residents to keep off rallies of politician they do not support, saying by giving divergent views there will always be conflicts, injuries and even loss of life.

Nandi Governor, Cleophas Lagat called for political tolerance among the residents.

Lagat asked residents to give an opportunity to all those who will come asking for their votes be they from the opposition or running as independents, to make their case without disruption or insults, adding that it is individual voters who will make a decision on August 8 to determine leaders to lead the country.

We need peace now and after the elections for the wellbeing of our county and nation because life must continue after August 8, said Lagat.

Tharaka Nithi Deputy County Commissioner, Abraham Kemboi cautioned youths against being misused to disrupt candidates’ political rallies by their opponents.

He told political leaders should ensure that their campaigns were peaceful.

Machakos County Commissioner, Matilda Sakwa urged the youth to shun any aspirant who tries to lure them using money or drugs into causing fracas during the campaigns, saying that by not doing so they were exposing themselves to arrest and lengthy jail terms.

This is harvest time for the youth but we will be very vigilant. Parents should advise their youths against being bought alcohol or drugs by aspirants in order to cause mayhem, since we will deal with such youths without any mercy, Sakwa warned.

Laikipia County Commissioner, Onesmus Musyoki has issued a stern warning to armed raiders terrorizing residents in some sections of Laikipia County with dire consequences.

Musyoki has noted that it is now obvious the raiders are not after grass but are out to terrorize and kill innocent residents.

These armed raiders are not only targeting innocent residents but also they have attacked and injured several security officers, he said.

Musyoki has also warned residents with huge herd of animals to avoid invading ranches without authority from the owners, and assured ranchers of protection from the government.

Migori County residents have been challenged to elect leaders who can improve their economic lives during August polls.

Speaking during Madaraka Day celebrations at Migori stadium yesterday, the County Commissioner, Joseph Rotich urged the electorate to go for leaders who can legislate laws and implement policies which can change their lives.

Source: Kenya News Agency