Kenya 2022: Food and fuel inflation sparks Odinga-Ruto blame game

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 20:57, updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:05

A trader waters fruits at her grocery stall amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in Eastleigh district of Nairobi, Kenya 17 June 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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Since the beginning of the year, Robert Nyagah, a resident of Nairobi’s sprawling Eastleigh estate, has seen his expenditure on basic commodities increase sharply, gobbling a chunk of his meagre earnings.

The prices he pays have skyrocketed:

  • a packet of milk that was retailing at KSh40 ($0.35) late last year now costs KSh70;
  • a loaf of bread goes for KSh80, up from Sh50 ($0.43);
  • A 10-litre jug of cooking oil that he used to buy for KSh1,450 now retails for KSh3,100;
  • And the 6kg cooking gas tank that his wife uses for cooking costs Sh1,500, up from Sh800.