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.