Five traders in Kwale County have been arrested for hiking the price of the government provided subsidized maize flour.
The County Commissioner (CC), Kutswa Olaka who confirmed the arrest during Madaraka Day celebrations on Thursday at Baraza Park in Kwale town said the suspects would be taken to court today.
Olaka warned greedy traders fleecing members of the public by forcing them to pay more for the maize meal than the recommended Shs.90 per 2kg packet of dire consequences.
A survey by KNA revealed that some shops have been retailing the flour at Shs.120 and further, customers were also being forced to purchase additional items for them to get the cheap flour.
Traders should stick to the recommended price. The government will take stern action on those found overcharging customers, Olaka warned after reading the Presidential speech during the celebrations that were marred by rains.
He also asked the public to report to the authority, shopkeepers who are inflating the price of the maize flour.
On the non-availability of the flour, Olaka urged residents to be patient as the government was in the process of supplying the commodity in plenty to the region.
Some parts of the county have received the flour but we are doing all we can to ensure that residents benefit fully from the subsidized flour, he said.
Contacted some shopkeepers accused wholesalers of selling the commodity to them expensively hence forcing them to also sell it at a higher price to avoid losses.
Source: Kenya News Agency