4 Suspects Arrested Re-packaging Government-subsidised Unga at Church in Kimilili, Bungoma

Police are holding four suspects who were caught repackaging the government-subsidized Unga at a church in Kimilili, Bungoma County.

The four – two men and two women – are workers at Jazz supermarket in Kimilili town and were putting the maize floor in nylon papers. They were identified as Mary Mugo, Peter Waweru, Lucy Njoki and Ken Mwangi.

Kimilili sub-county commissioner Reuben Loyotoman disclosed that the suspects were found with more than 177 bales of the flour.

According to Mr Loyotoman, the flour had been transported using four canters and was to be resold at Sh75 per half-kilo at shops within Bungoma.

Kimilili OCPD Mary Wakuu noted that the four, who were nabbed by police acting on a tip-off, will be arraigned in court after completion of investigations.

Two weeks ago, Moses Ochieng, a trader in Kwale County was arrested for selling a 2kg packet of maize flour at Sh120 instead of Sh90.

He was sentenced to five months imprisonment with the option of Sh10,000 fine.

In handing down the sentence, the magistrate stated that the case was the first of its kind and the accused needed to serve as an example to others.

The government announced a Sh6 billion maize subsidy in May to lower the cost of flour to Sh90 for a two-kilogramme packet and ease inflationary pressure

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