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Kibaki warns against over pricing of basic commodities

afrol News, 5 December - Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki has cautioned against corrupt traders manipulating supply chain of basic food stuffs, assuring Kenyans would be availed with food stuffs at reasonable prices.

President Kibaki also said the government was working on mechanisms to endure availability of food.

"As a Government we will remain sensitive to the plight of the common Kenyans," the Head of State said.

Addressing the current food crisis, he said the Government was well aware of the problem, and would do everything possible to salvage the situation.

Mr Kibaki said his government is making strenuous efforts to tackle the supply and demand challenges the country is currently facing in food distribution, challenging researchers to ensure that the latest farming techniques trickle down to farmers to ensure increased production of staple food crops in the country.

Last month, the Kenyan government announced that it could soon break into its grains reserves following an increased demand for grains as a result of failure by the country to produce enough to meet the demands.

Kenya said its grain crisis could be eased as the government is looking for alternatives for grains and harvesting in grain basket districts of the North Rift continue to early January.

In recent weeks, maize shortage doubled the price of maize flour within a year, forcing the government to move in to allow importation of five million bags of maize with the aim of addressing shortages and contain the price.

Kenya is the East Africa's biggest economy, and is one of the African countries that have been marred with protests on high food and fuel costs earlier this year when fuel and commodities prices soared to levels that became unbearable to local populations.

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