Crackdown on retailers overpricing Unga begins in Nairobi

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A female customer inspects different brands of maize meal at a local supermarket.
A female customer inspects different brands of maize meal at a local supermarket. PHOTO/COURTESY

A crackdown on retailers inflating the price of Unga in the county commenced on Thursday following Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri directive to root out fraudulent traders.

The raid was spearheaded by Licensing Officer Michael Akoko and detectives from the Nairobi County Government who conducted raids on various supermarkets situated in the Central Business District such as: Tuskys, Naivas, Choppies and Eastmatt.

According to Mr. Akoko the move was warranted since retailers are exploiting Kenyans even after the Agriculture Ministry declared that the price of a 2 Kg packet of maize meal be reduced to Ksh. 75.

“Maize flour price compliance is part of our routine licensing inspections following the Ministry’s directive to stabilize unga prices and nab fraudulent maize traders,” Mr. Akoko said.

Mr. Akoko subsequently revealed that most supermarkets that they paid impromptu visits to had already regulated their prices but some were yet to adhere to the decree.

“Of the stores we have visited only Eastmatt supermarket has not complied with the order. The supermarket was selling a 2kg pack of sifted Jogoo maize meal and Jogoo maize meal at Ksh. 85 and Ksh. 82 respectively which is a few shillings above the determined price.”

Mr. Akoko further revealed that he would forward his findings to the appropriate authorities so that fitting action could be taken on deceitful traders.

Apart from Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri’s directive to lower the retail price of maize flour because of a burgeoning supply of maize in the country, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had equally stated that traders found selling maize meal at a higher price than the recommended one would have their trading licenses annulled.

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