Cereal Millers Association (CMA) has declared the shortage of the subsidized Ksh100 bob package of 2 kg cornmeal.
In a statement dated Friday, August 5, the millers noted panic buying as TBEN rushed to stock up on the available Ksh100 bob cornmeal, causing the severe shortage.
According to CMA, consumers bought the subsidized flour in large quantities ahead of the August 9 elections.
A file photo of cornmeal on display at a supermarket in Nairobi.
CMA stated that its members have seen an unprecedented rise in consumer demand.
“This surge in demand is a result of consumers taking advantage of subsidized Ksh100 prices by buying above-average stocks. CMA stated consumers are going into general election before Aug. 9,” the statement read in part.
“The government has taken the necessary steps to secure food for vulnerable households through the grant-backed program that capped the retail price of the 2 kilograms maize flour brands at Ksh100.”
CMA also stated that the East African region faces a drought cycle that occurs every five years and that this has affected rainfall, making it difficult for farmers to supply grains.
“That’s no different this year, but the region has been dealing with a prolonged and severe drought that hit the region and affected the corn supply.”
The millers assured TBEN that they are committed to providing safe, affordable and nutritious food to their consumers amid criticism from the political class over the shortage of the valuable commodity.
UDA presidential candidate William Ruto took a swipe at the government over what he termed as failing to supply subsidized cornmeal.
“There is no unga in any store or supermarket let alone the one they promised to sell at Ksh100. Can you trust them? End the state recording on August 9,” he tweeted.
But Azimio la Umoja’s presidential running mate, Martha Karua, pointed the finger at the vice president over the country’s ongoing cornmeal shortage.
At a meeting at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega province on Wednesday, July 2, Karua claimed that the subsidy unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta had already been divested by corruption cartels within the government.
She blamed the DP for leading the team of corrupt officials who claimed his name was associated with such shady dealings in the past.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua during the running mates debate on July 19, 2022.
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