An owner of a supermarket and two of his workers are being held at Kimilili police station after they were caught repackaging government’s subsidized maize flour. They had planned to sell the 1kg flour at a price of Kshs 75, instead of the stipulated Kshs 47.
Confirming the incident Kimilili Deputy County Commissioner Reuben Loyotoman said they acted on a tip-off and together with the police they stormed Christian Foundation Fellowship church where the repackaging was being carried out and they found one hundred and seventy-seven bales.
He said that already they had repackaged 240 kgs of flour ready to be taken to the supermarket known as Jazz in Kimilili town, adding that the three will be taken to court to face charges of violating the law.
Mr. Loyotoman cautioned other business people in the Sub County against engaging in such illegal activities saying they will not hesitate to arrest any business man/woman who will be found to sell the flour at an inflated price.
The Sub County commissioner said residents were lamenting that the subsidized flour had not reached the town yet some few selfish individuals were running a cartel to reap profits from poor residents saying such characters will not be tolerated.
His sentiments were echoed by Kimilili OCPD Mary Wakuu who said the police will also continue to look out for those who are engaging in such illegal business saying it is against the law of the land to repackage goods and sell them to unsuspecting consumers at a price that is inflated.
She further called upon members of the public to continue working together with the police and provide such vital information so as to curb such vices saying they will be ready to act upon receiving such information.