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#LowerFoodPrices: Kenyans Flood Social Media to Protest Rising Cost of Living

For the better part of Sunday evening, February 20, Kenyans on Twitter thronged social media to protest the increased prices of basic food commodities.  

Under a popular hashtag dubbed #lowerfoodprices, netizens took issue with the government for failing to address rising food prices resulting to the high cost of living. 

For instance, prices of cooking oil, maize flour, sugar, cooking gas among other commodities have risen by a significant margin making it hard for Kenyans living below the poverty line to put food on the table. 

Most food commodities have risen by a significant margin making it hard for Kenyans living below the poverty line to put food on the table PHOTO | COURTESY

Latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) food prices rose by 8.89 per cent in January this year.  

“This was mainly due to an increase in prices of commodities under; food and non-alcoholic beverages (8.89 per cent); transport (6.84 per cent); and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (5.11 per cent) between January 2021 and January 2022,” said KNBS in a statement.  

Below are reactions samples from the #lowerfoodprices hashtag. 

Ja Loka: We should conduct a nation wide strike, twitter trend isn’t enough. We can’t be buying 1kg of cooking oil at KSh 290 and Sugar at KSh 250 bana. Kenya isn’t a country. There is no equality in this country. The poor are starving 

Magdaline Muranda: Beef is at KSh 500 per kg from KSh 180. What has changed with the cattle that are being slaughtered, are they smart, jabbed or fed on artificial intelligence? You are even selling cholesterol at exhorbitant prices since olive oil is a preserve of a few

Atieno Nyar Asego: How cooking oil is three times expensive than super petrol is what I don’t understand. And the President is here preparing for Sagana 3, is political meeting important than the lives of Kenyans?

Lilian Kawira: I don’t care who occupies state House this year. I am concerned that 1,000 shillings can’t buy basic things for my family to last two days 

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