Consumer associations oppose planned move by government to cut out the food subsidy program

Consumer associations oppose planned move by government to cut out the food subsidy program

BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,29TH AUG 2017-A number of  consumer associations in the country on Tuesday 229th August raised concerns about the impending decision by the government to cut out the food subsidy program  introduced  close to two months ago just before the August election.

The associations among them  Consumer Unity and Trust Society together and  consumer Downtown Association  says the  which is planned to be executed    at the end of this month will see Kenyans go deep to their pockets to acquire such food commodities as Unga.

Japheth Ogutu of Consumer Downtown Association says the government will be unfair to Kenyans by withdrawing the unga/maize subsidy, a commodity which makes the country’s staple food.”This move will greatly affect the ordinary mwanachi who at this moment is struggling with difficult position economically.”he said.

Japheth Ogutu of Consumer Downtown Association-COURTESY

His statements have been echoed by CUTS program  officer Daniel Usher who says this immediate cut out means the government was just using the subsidy as a campaign strategy.
CUTS   a civil society organization says it is aiming at reaching out consumers, stakeholders both in the private sector and the government on issues of food safety and more so lowering milk losses in the dairy sub sector through initiating dialogues to make the public aware of technologies and innovations on the same and ensuring policies, laws and regulations are in place to lower the losses occurring in the dairy sub sector.

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