BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH MAY 2017-Just hours after the government announced drastic reduction in the cost of unga kenyans moved to social media to express their views about the move.They are those who feel the move has come rather too late after they have suffered already for too long.
They says they do not understand why the government had to wait for so long to move inn and yet the warning had been issued by the meteorological department of drought.
They are others who perceive it as a campaign tool coming in just less 4 months to the general elections.Others appreciated the move by government cushion them from high cost of basic commodities in the country. UPESINEWS.CO.KE has managed to sample just but a few of the views. KISUMU POLITICIAN.™ @AbalaKinyua 6 hours ago Maize import was done by private millers. How comes it is packaged as a GOK PROPERTY. Who is fooling who!
NG’ANG’A THE BLOGGER @ItsNjokiKelvin 6 hours ago
#MaizePriceReduced Greedy sellers will still sell at a hiked price for several days and When the price is raised they too raise overnight.
isaiah chelimo @IsaiahChelimo 40 minutes ago
Consumers can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced a drop in the prices of maize flour, milk and other basic commodities in a bid to cut the soaring prices of basic commodities.
Speaking to the media in Nairobi, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said that starting tomorrow, a 2kg packet of maize flour will retail at Sh90 while a 1kg packet will go for Ksh.47.
In addition, Bett said that the government has set aside 6 billion shillings for the subsidy programme to ensure millers access the maize.
“To cushion the farmers further, the millers will now access a 90kg bag at 2300 shillings” said Bett.
The Agriculture CS was however keen to note that the window of importation of maize was only open up to 31st July 2017.
Bett further noted that this will continue until product stabilizes and production normalizes.
This comes just a day after the government sought to defend itself against claims that it imported yellow maize in a bid to bring down maize prices in the country.