Business people in Kakamega reminiscence the just ended provincial games at the Kakamega School.
Written by John Kabaka.
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Some of the business ladies who made profit by baking fast food for the sports men and those who had attended the provincial ball games in Kakamega. [Photos | John Kabaka]
Business people in Kakamega town and its environs are missing the term two B ball games that ended at the Kakamega School, not because they enjoyed watching the games, or they were fans, no, but because of the booming business at the time of the ball games.
The business fraternity including the bodaboda operators, taxi operators, hotel owners, hawkers, newspaper vendors and portable food kiosk owner now say their pockets are no longer strong the same way they were last week.
The bodaboda operator who made the Kakamega school gate a stage for the days the games were own are now left to find another alternative as business has totally gone down.
“We are indeed missing the games because there was no single minute we were idle like we are now. When the games were on, we used to ferry fans and the games lovers to and from town to the grounds, I can say in few words the business was good and promising,” said Moses at the Somken bodaboda stage.
“I could make between 1000 and 2000 but I have now gone back to at least 900 as before, we miss the games,” he added.
Business operators who ensured there was fast and efficient transport, ay they are now not making money as the week that had sporting activities.
Ferrying a passenger from Kakamega town to the school could cost one at least KShs 50, on a motorbike and Kshs 30 on a bicycle.
The proprietors of temporary kiosks have as well talked of the games terming the past week as a blessed one.
“I have to go back at my place where I open only in the evening to do my business, over the last week I used to camp at the school the whole day and income was promising, ” said Julia who used to be referred to as mama chips as the games were on at Kakamega School.
Those who needed accommodation in town hotels by then can now come back and they will be assured of space since when the games were on most of the town hotels were fully booked.
Newspaper vendors, who would end their trade by noon, are now forced to stay at their selling points with paper till late while others return them to the concerned distributors because of lack of market.
“At sometimes, guys could scramble for papers at the grounds, now we have to wait for someone to come to buy, I wish the games would be here again,” said Francis whose normal trading point is near Kakamega’s Family Bank.
The games that ended over during the weekend now proceed to the Coast, perhaps good news to the ocean dwellers business fraternity.