Retailers who refuse to stock subsidized unga exposed
Kenyans online have accused some retailers of extortion by forcing customers to purchase sugar or wheat flour alongside the government subsidized maize flour.
Users expressed their concerns on a popular Facebook group urging the government to follow up to ensure wananchi benefit from the subsidy.
The government in collaboration with millers unveiled subsidized maize flour to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of food.
The subsidy saw a two-kilogramme maize flour packet retail at Sh90 down from the average Sh150 that it was retailing at.
The government struck a deal that would allow millers to mill flour at Sh2, 300 for a 90-kilogramme bag, from the current Sh4,000.
This means the taxpayers will reimburse the millers about Sh1,700 for every imported bag of maize.
The subsidy has been criticized as not being beneficial to the low income earners who mill their own flour in the local posho mills as the price of maize was not reduced.
Some have also criticized the millers for failing to avail the subsidized flour across the country as some areas have retailers still stocking the Sh150 flour.
Kenyans online have now exposed retailers who are refusing to sell them the subsidized unga until they buy either sugar or wheat flour or in some cases other goods worth at least Sh200.
Here are some screenshots of the concerns: