Relief as Ship Docks with 30,000 tonnes of Maize to Reduce Shortage

  • High maize flour prices are set to come down following the arrival of 30,000 tonnes of maize at the port of Mombasa.

    The maize was imported from Mexico with another consignment of 30,000 set to arrive next week to plug the deficit that has seen maize flour prices skyrocketing beyond the reach of many Kenyans.

    The consignment arrives at a time when a section of maize millers and government agencies are engaged in a war of words.

    The maize millers have been accusing the government of selling maize from the strategic grain reserve to dealers and middle men who hoard the commodity to gain more profit.

    The millers argue out that well-placed cartels within the government are to blame for the high maize flour prices.

    The rising cost of food particularly maize flour, milk and sugar has degenerated into a political issue been a campaign issue with the government in frantic efforts to lower the cost of living.

    The Opposition, in particular, has used the high food prices to discredit the government and rallying voters to vote out the Jubilee administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe remained upbeat that with 750,000 bags of maize released and the 30,000 imported tonnes of maize, the price of the commodity would fall to Sh110.