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Consumer goods prices go up in Kitui after wholesaler closes shop - 7 months ago, 10 Aug 19:00

Kitavi Mutua

The price of sugar in Kitui has gone up after the county government ordered the main distributor was to close his premises over health safety concerns.

A 50kg bag of sugar that used to sell at Sh5,400 five days ago is now selling at between Sh7,000 and Sh7,300, forcing retailers to increase prices significantly.

This follows the closure of Mt Kenya Wholesalers.

A kilo of sugar that was retailing at Sh120 last week is now selling at Sh170 after competitors withheld their sugar to create an artificial shortage and increase prices.

CONSUMABLES

A spot check by the Nation established that prices of various other consumables in Kitui including cooking fat, detergents and flour have also gone up significantly.

According to Rachel Mwengi, a retail shop owner at Kalundu, some merchants who have been in competition with Mt Kenya Wholesalers have conspired to take advantage of his closure to hike prices as they seek to rake in ...
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