Kenyans Continue To Suffer As Prices Of Basic Products Continue To Increase

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The cost of living in Kenya has hit a record high forcing many people to dig deeper into their pockets to meet their daily needs.

In research carried out by the Standard Gazette, we discovered that thousands of people sleep on an empty stomach while others survive with one meal a day.

The inflation rate, which measures the increase in the price of goods and services, has reached its highest level since February 2020.

More than 80 per cent of Kenyans say the high cost of living is causing them hardship, and official figures show that the poorest people are the most affected.

Many Kenyans have also been rendered jobless and left with no means of survival, forcing them to leave towns for their rural homes. Most companies that laid off their employees when the Covid-19 pandemic struck have yet to recall their affected workers. This is because the companies are struggling due to the dwindling economy.

The Standard Gazette found that in every 10 Kenyans residing in towns, two people relocate to rural areas daily.

"The only option I have now is returning to my rural home. My wife and children went home last year, leaving me behind to try and look for sources of income. Still, I have fruitlessly searched for jobs since 2020," Steven Wafula, a resident of Kawangware estate in Nairobi, told the Standard Gazette.

We took a walk in the supermarkets and food stores, and the prices of basic commodities such as maize flour, cooking oil, sugar, milk and soap surprised us. The prices of these products are extremely high for ordinary people to afford.

A two packet of maize flour now retails at Ksh230 from Ksh 170, a litre of cooking oil goes for Ksh300 from Ksh250 and a bar of soap costs Ksh250 from Ksh180. Sugar prices also range between Ksh120 and Ksh150.

Apart from high prices, there are shortages of some products such as maize flour and milk. A spot check at most supermarkets within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) and its environs established that there is a growing demand for maize flour against a limited supply.

Our effort to reach agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya was fruitless.

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