Residents complain over high prices of subsidized maize

Residents of Wote town in Makueni County have raised concern over unscrupulous businessmen selling subsidized maize at high prices.

The businessmen were allegedly sourcing for the government subsidized maize from the Makueni National Cereals Produce Board (NCPB) at a cost of Shs.2, 560 per 90 kg bag and reselling it at Shs.4, 800.

A spot check by KNA in several shops revealed that the price of maize flour ranged from Sh55 and Sh60 per kilogram.

Local NCPB depot manager, Philip Munywoki denied the claims but said they had temporarily stopped selling the subsidized maize, though he refused to disclose the reason for the embargo.

The maize we have is not for sale and we issue one bag per person per month to help fight hunger especially to the most vulnerable, he said.

Area chief, Thaddaeus Makumbi accused businessmen of using the youth to purchase the maize only to later resell the same to the residents at exorbitant prices.

Makumbi said the maize should be reserved for the needy and asked the depot management to involve local administration to help identify vulnerable people to benefit from the commodity.

Source: Kenya News Agency