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Prices of things have recently risen to an abnormal level in Kericho town recently and now there is need for the attention of those who are in power to go and find out the causes of the steep rise in the prices of the essential commodities in the home .This started happening less than three weeks after the then minister for finance, The former Hon. Amos Kimunya.

The latest shocking rice in price is that of charcoal .The price of one bag of charcoal has been going for between two hundred and fifty shillings and three hundred shillings and has never risen to as high as seven hundred .On Sunday ,September the seventh of the year two thousand and eight ,we were shocked to witness a bag of charcoal selling at seven hundred shillings and we were very sure that the two people the customer and the seller weren't mentally sick people .They knew what they were doing.

The cause of the sharp rise in the price of charcoal can not be known to the ordinary people, it needs the explanations of the experts. It could be the current unrest in the current following the government’s efforts to save him Mau forest from destruction by illegal charcoal burners and timber manufacturers and other illegal users of the forest who destroy the forest by using it painlessly.

The prices of charcoal in the slum estates of this town had sharply risen from the normal twenty shillings per a tin to thirty shillings for the same quantity of charcoal. That is too sharp compared to the normal conditions of life in those places .Inflation is really biting on us in the slums and we need some good Samaritans to take a step about this situations

And the price of maize flour has risen to twenty five shillings from the normal twenty shillings .That is only according to what we come across in our daily lives in the slums ,otherwise ,it could perhaps be worse than that in the other levels of life .thee have been some murmuring from few people in the super markets that ,things are the same with hem .whatever the situation is ,but it is too bad in the slums .

A tin of the small fish popularly known as Omena or dagaa in the slums ,sells at two hundred shillings from the one hundred or one hundred and twenty shillings normal price .So ,there is nothing that goes below twenty shillings in the slums in this town .Usually ,forty shillings is always enough for preparing a lunch time meal in this town but things have worsened such that preparing a meal is not possible without a hundred shillings ,and that is just for one meal .Four three meals a day ,you are supposed to have three hundred shillings daily while the lowest in comes on the streets are only a hundred and fifty shillings per a day .

Prices a rising every morning such that if the concerned experts do not take action quickly, soon they will be going in hundreds of shillings, just the way it is with Kenya ’s neighbors.
Published: 2008-09-08
Author: john ambuli

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I'm a Kenyan .I'm thirty nine years old and i read up to the O level in my country and i do freelance news reporting at the Kenya news agency offices in Kericho kenya.

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