Government answers Odinga on importation of Maize from Ethiopia, assures  of adequate subsidized unga from next week

Government answers Odinga on importation of Maize from Ethiopia, assures of adequate subsidized unga from next week

Govt Spokesman Eric Kiraithe-UPESINEWS

BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,8TH JUNE,2017-Just   a day  after  NASA presidential candidate and the opposition leader Raila Odinga  asked the government to approach Ethiopia for cheap maize imports,the government  has responded saying    the two nations have had diplomatic negotiations  earlier this year which led  to importation of  13 000 metric tonnes of maize.

Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe  has dismissed Odinga’s assertions  that the government had  frustrated importation of cheaper maize from Ethiopia .He says Ethiopian government is still willing to help however noting that buying maize from  neighbor country would be very expensive.

Kiraithe has further warned traders alleged to be hiding  maize flour and selling it at higher prices that they risk being arrested and charged for such crimes. According to Kiraithe respective authorities have been advised accordingly on the current approval of maize importation to avoid misguiding importers.

Kiraithe who addressed the press on Thursday  has added that  the government has no preference for maize from any destination or by ant importer.

Concerning scarcity of subsidized maize situation still facing the country Kiraithe has assured Kenyans  they will be able to enjoy reduced prices of other basic food commodities such as milk and sugar (at 50 shillings and 100 shillings respectively) come next week.

On Wednesday Odinga who addressed the press at his capital Hill office  asked president Kenyatta to personally  go to Ethiopia and seek the possibilities of importing maize from the country.

He noted that Maize from Ethiopia could arrive in the country quickly and at a low  cost  unlike importing from Mexico.

Odinga further questioned why Kenyans were still facing scarcity of subsidized Unga  even after the government imported the first consignment of maize from Mexico almost a month ago.He said that was a proof that the process was counter productive.

 

 

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