Budalangi Member of Parliament, Ababu Namwamba has warned wholesale and retail traders in Bunyala Sub-County against selling the government subsidized maize flour at exorbitant prices.
Speaking to the residents at Budalang’i trading centre, Namwamba said such individuals risked being arrested and prosecuted.
He ordered the local area chiefs and their assistants to ensure that shops within their areas of jurisdiction sold the government subsidised maize flour at the recommended price of sh.90 per 2 kg packet.
With effect from today, I want chiefs and their assistants in the sub-county to be on high alert and ensure shops within their areas of jurisdiction are selling the maize flour to the consumers at the price recommended by the government, he said.
The lawmaker accused the businessmen selling the flour at an exorbitant price of frustrating the government’s efforts to rescue Kenyans from hunger brought about by the adverse weather conditions.
Those selling the maize flour above the recommended price are out to discredit the effort Jubilee government has made to ensure Kenyans do not go hungry, but I want to put them on notice that the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them, he warned.
His warning arose after a section of the residents complained that some wholesale and retail traders in the region were selling the government subsidized flour at sh.140 per 2 kg packet instead of the recommended sh.90.
Source: Kenya News Agency