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Kenyans Skip Meals as Inflation hits 19 month high

Peter Musila 2 years ago

Kenya recorded the highest inflation rate in April since September 2017.

The 6.58 per cent increase from 4.4 per cent recorded in the previous month was brought about by the rise in food and fuel prices.

“For instance, sifted maize flour, Kales (sukuma wiki), potatoes, loose maize grain and flour and tomatoes recorded increases of 29.82, 25.30, 19.27, 26.14, 15.90 and 15.31, per cent, respectively, in April compared to March 2019, these six items alone account for 6.25 per cent of the CPI weight,” KNBS stated.

According to the data released by KNBS, not every food product increased in price as sugar and a few other items recorded low prices in April than in March.

The increase of oil prices triggered the rise of transport Index by 0.86 per cent, Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ Index, by 0.93 per cent.

The high rise of inflation saw many families in the country skip meals due to the high prices of food items. According to some, bread and water saw their meal, as they also had to walk to work to save for a packet of maize flour which currently costs Sh117 or more.

Inflation in the country saw other employees being forced to carry food to their working place as a way of saving some few coins for the next day meal.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the tough times came knocking due to the drought experienced in the country in the first three months of the year.

Sifted maize flour, kales, potatoes, loose maize grains and flour and tomatoes recorded increases of 29.82, 25.30, 19.27, 26.14, 15.90 and 15.31 respectively, in April compared to March 2019.

‘The six items alone accounted for 6.25 per cent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) weight,’’ KNBS said.

Inflation in Kenya is currently is recording a 31.50 per cent in May, the highest since 2005 when it was averaging at 9.59 per cent.

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