A Section of supermarkets and small retailers in Nairobi have already increased Unga prices from the recommended Ksh 75 to Ksh 100 per two Kilograms following a threat by the Association of Maize Millers.
The new prices are currently ranging from 80 shillings to 115 shillings per two kilograms.
A spot check done by Ghetto Radio at Naivas Supermarket Ruaraka Branch, Eastmart supermaket in the CBD and Royal Supermaket indicate that the Soko brand goes for 85 shillings, Pembe 80 shilings ,Orynx 81 shilings and Jogoo 110 shillings.
According to a miller in Kariobangi North John Wesonga the government must sell them sacks of maize at a favorable price failure to which the unga prices will continue rising.
‘‘It’s common knowledge that we are in a business and we can not go at a loss because of a government’s directive yet they have refused to release maize at proposed 1700 shillings per sack.’’ He added.
Wesonga further blamed the government on recent 8% VAT which has seen super diesel being sold at shillings 109 per liter a move he say has affected millers.
But appearing before Parliamentary Agriculture committee Kiunjuri denied claims that the government had been hoarding 60% of maize at national cereals produce board.
Millers association has made it clear that by next week the unga prices will shoot drastically.