Private millers and the government are making every effort to ensure Kenyans continue to access low cost maize flour, a miller says.
Jamii mills Chief Executive officer, Mr. Joshua Chepkwony, assured the public that the government and private millers are working round the clock to stabilize the cost of maize flour.
Speaking at Jamii milling factory at Sergoit in Uasin Gishu County, the CEO however dismissed claims of any bias in the distribution of the subsidized flour.
He blamed greed and panic buying by individuals whom he claimed purchased more than they required and over stocked instead of buying what they needed to consume.
We are loading trucks from as far as Machakos, Kisii, Kisumu and other areas of Kenya. We do not look at where the lorries have come from but give them equal treatment. We issue Unga on a first come first served basis, stressed Chepkwony.
There is no need for Kenyans to buy the maize flour in bundles to stock. Instead, they should purchase enough to consume because millers are continuously milling and supplying the commodity as long as the subsidised maize is in stock, he added.
Chepkwony said they were expecting seven ships to off load maize in Mombasa this week, and there will be another vessel by the end of the month.
Millers believe the initiative to give Kenyans cheap Unga will be sustainable as long as there will be efficiency in releasing the consignments without delays from Mombasa, he said adding the factory releases 6, 000 to 8, 000 bales daily and operates 24 hours.
The subsidized maize flour is supposed to retail at Shs90 per 2kg and Shs47 for 1 kg.
Uasin Gishu county commissioner Hassan Abdi recently warned traders in the county against hoarding or selling the subsidised maize flour at a exorbitant prices.
Source: Kenya News Agency