KENYA: Sugar shortage hits Mombasa

Published: 07/11/2018, 3:57:27 PM

Supermarkets in Mombasa are running out of sugar following a crackdown on contraband that has seen 19 godowns closed so far, according to Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper.

A spot check of major retailers in Kenya's second largest city Tuesday showed most supermarkets had no sugar, leading to customers scrambling for the commodity whenever it was restocked.

Also affected are wholesale shops, hotels and bakeries in the Central Business District.

The sweetener was unavailable at the Tuskys outlet along Digo Road while the retailer's Bandari branch had only a few packets left today. However, within half an hour, out of 25 packets of sugar at the store only 10 remained.

"That is the only stock left. We do not have more sugar. We will be waiting to see if we can get any more from our upcountry source," said a Tuskys official.

At Budget Supermarket, the salesmen revealed that the stock reporters saw was the only one cleared from their godown.