After the government suspended the Sh100 unga subsidy on Saturday, the commodity is now available in some supermarkets at the regular Sh200 price.
The subsidy was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta a few weeks before the 2022 general election but was suspended three days after the polls.
A spot check by Capital FM at different supermarkets in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) noted that maize flour was available in some supermarkets, though some didn’t stock it.
No maize flour was stocked at Quickmart Pioneer whereas it was retailing at the Tom Mboya’s branch.
Quickmart Tom Mboya’s outlet had Ugali Afya (Winnie’s Pure Health) brand retailing at Sh 131 for the 1kg packet which was the only one available.
The situation was not different at Tuskys supermarket as the Tom Mboya branch had no maize flour at all. The shelves were completely empty.
From the spot check, only Naivas supermarket was retailing unga across its various branches.
At the Moi Avenue branch, the commodity was retailing at Sh231 for a 2kg pack of Amaize and Sh257 for Raha Premium Kavagara 2kg pack.
The prices were the same across their various outlets with the Naivas Ronald Ngala Branch retailing Ugali Afya (Winnie’s Pure Health) at Sh. 250 and Raha Kavagara going for Sh. 257 for a 2kg packet.
The Kenyatta Avenue and Naivas Lifestyle CBD (Hazina Trade Centre) retailed the Amaize brand at Sh. 231 for a 2kg packet.
There were mixed reactions from some shoppers at the supermarkets as some were not willing to buy the commodity whereas others were in dire need of it, especially in the supermarkets that did not stock unga.