July 24th 2017

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2kg subsidized maize flour to go for Sh45 as Jumia celebrates 5th anniversary

But the shocking empty shelves of supermarkets comes under the backdrop of reports that 1.2 million bags of maize arrived in the country on Monday this week aimed at addressing the crisis.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 23 Jun 2017 12:10 EAT

Soko Maize meal on display at a Tuskys supermarket on mid last Month.

Jumia the online retailer will offer a 50 per cent discount on the government subsidized 2kg Maize flour on July 3th to 9th 2017, as it marks its fifth anniversary. This will go a long way to cushion Kenyans from the ongoing maize flour shortage in most of the outlets and super markets which has escalated the cost.

The maize flour will be sold at a price of Sh45 per 2kg government subsidized commodity and only at Tuskys Supermarkets which has struck a partnership deal with Jumia. However this offer is specifically for the Soko Maize Flour Brand.

A cross check at the supermarkets at Nairobi’s CBD last night found shelves empty as the government subsidized maize flour was not available. The available 2kg maize flour were going for Sh225 a packet. Most supermarkets within the CBD finished their (government subsidized maize flour) stocks within an hour after being delivered to their stores. 

But the shocking empty shelves of supermarkets comes under the backdrop of reports that 1.2 million bags of maize arrived in the country on Monday this week aimed at addressing the crisis.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said that 1.8 million bags of maize are expected to be shipped into the country. He said that the Unga shortage is set to end as President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto assured that the government was serious in addressing the shortage and end the current Unga crisis.

The two however accused traders suspected of hoarding the subsidized maize flour citing a report from a task force formed to investigate the  scarcity of subsidized maize flour. Millers and suppliers are also to blame after being implicated in conspiring to sabotage cheap government maize flour to enrich themselves.

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