RE: ATTEMPTS BY MILLERS TO PUSH UP THE COST OF MAIZE FLOUR
The decision by Maize Millers in the Country to boycott buying maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board, (NCPP) is a clear Scheme by a section of unscrupulous Business operatives in the Country to actualize high costs for maize flour with the aim of necessitating the subsequent importation of maize into the Country.
Equally, the claim by the Chairman of Cereal Millers Association that Maize supply this year has been unstable causing floor prizes to go up is misplaced misleading and only meant to hoodwink Kenyans to buying into their tricks to exploit Kenyans.
These are the very old schemes by individuals sitting to plot how they can create an artificial demand for maize and force the government into accepting maize importation into the Country and since the start of the year they have not had any opportunity to import maize into the Country, away has to be found as these are Cartels ready to pull down even the poorest of the Kenyans and ensure they make money out of any situation.
The cost of living for an ordinary Kenyan Worker has lately become unbearable and this has even worsened following the Kenya governments refusal to review a Minimum Wage for the lowly paid workers this year and the move has pushed most Kenyans into the working poor thus any attempts to increase prices on such basic commodities like floor will be a clear provocation of their patience likely to result into protests.
It is evident that almost every household in Kenya requires maize floor for its domestic use or otherwise and the attempts by Millers will have an automatic spiral effect on all Kenyans who depend on the commodity and equally to their eventual purchasing power and COTU(K) now calls upon the National Government to immediately intervene and disapprove or otherwise the assertion by Millers that the NCPD maize is contaminated and should this be confirmed as mere hearsay, individuals behind it be held to account.
Francis Atwoli, NOM(DZA), EBS, MBS