The scramble was a testament to how Kenyans are struggling to afford flour, which is currently retailing at between Sh180 and Sh210.
President William Ruto said during his swearing-in that his government would bring down the cost of food items by focusing on production.
He said that the government would no longer fund what he termed as consumption subsidies, citing that they are unsustainable.
He promised that his administration would offer subsidised fertiliser so that farmers could increase their yields.
"On fuel subsidy alone, the taxpayers have spent a total of Shh144 billion, a whopping Sh60 billion in the last four months. If the subsidy continues to the end of the financial year, it will cost the taxpayer Sh280 billion, equivalent to the entire national government development budget," the president noted.
“Additionally, there was an attempt to subsidise unga [maize flour] in the run-up to the election, a programme that gobbled up Sh7 billion in one month, with no impact," he added.
On September 22, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of DAP fertilizer to be distributed to farmers across Kenya.
“To address high food prices we must begin with the farmer. Providing affordable farm inputs through a subsidy programme is a strategic intervention that will put the country on the right path,” Gachagua said.
Interestingly, outgoing Agriculture CS Peter Munya skipped the event.