Maize flour shortage continues to bite despite government assurances

Maize flour shortage continues to bite residents in Mwala , Machakos County despite the governments’assurance that supply was almost normal in most parts of the country.

Maize flour is not available in Mwala, Machakos County, and consumers are forced to trek long distances in search of unga, which they complained was a waste of time, money and traumatized them.

A KNA survey has also revealed that some supermarkets and retail shops stocking the government subsidized flour force customers to buy auxiliary goods, worth about Sh 200, as a condition to be allowed to buy the Sh 90 per 2kg packet maize flour.

Some of the shoppers interviewed appealed to the government to make the flour available at a higher price rather than control what was not in the shelves.

A supermarket employee who sought anonymity told KNA that customers patiently wait for new stocks in the shop corridors and resurface to scramble for the maize while being offloaded from the trucks.

It sells like hot cake, she said, adding, there is nothing to keep in the store as is normally the case.

Source: Kenya News Agency