Kenya restarts maize subsidy ahead of elections

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the government will re-introduce the maize subsidy which had been stopped after the general election in August.

Speaking at the Nairobi International Trade Fair yesterday, he said:

As a caring administration, we had to take steps to cushion consumers against the high food prices.


In this regard, we implemented a subsidized maize flour program that lowered the price of a 2kg packet of maize flour from $1.5 to $0.90.

Maize is a key staple food in Kenya and the subsidy, which was introduced in May and repealed after the poll, will come as a relief to an electorate concerned about record food prices.

President Kenyatta's decision to reintroduce the subsidy comes after the Supreme Court annulled his victory and ordered a re-run, due to take place in three weeks.