In the midst of a crisis that has seen the price of maize flour rise above Ksh200, President Uhuru Kenyatta has given a final directive.
Speaking at State House on Wednesday, July 20, Uhuru ordered the government to grant subsidies that will immediately lower the price of maize flour to Ksh100 per 2Kg pack.
The Import Declaration Fee (IDF) and the Fuel Development Levy for the Transport of Imported Maize were both suspended by the President.
Maize millers who agreed to follow the government mandate and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya were present when the President spoke.
He pointed out that in July 2012, the price of a 2kg packet of unga shot up from Ksh70 to Ksh130. In May 2017, the price shot up to Ksh189 and currently the price has shot up again to Ksh205.
“Every election in our country has attracted an unga crisis and at times it seems to be engineered. There is an obvious trend between the manner with which the price of unga goes up and the tempo taken up during elections,” Uhuru stated.
President Kenyatta mentioned during his speech that the millers’ drive for profit may be a factor in the rise in unga pricing.
Additionally, he claimed that crop failure, a locust invasion, logistical challenges brought on by COVID-19, and the ongoing war in Ukraine have made essential food supplies out of the reach of vulnerable groups.
Uhuru pleaded with the millers to set aside their differences and take into account the local mwananchi who are suffering as a result of the present unga pricing.