Traders in Kakamega and the neighbouring towns of Chavakali, Khayega and Mumias continue to record booming business from the 91st Kenya National Music Festival held at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
The traders say they have recorded good profits in the past two weeks as the visitors, mainly students, teachers and guests turned up for services in their shops. The main benefeciaries from the 12-day event were hotels which were booked to capacity by guests, resturants that provided food catering services, taxi operators, boda boda, clothes sellers and other traders.
Commercial photographers, popularly known as paparazzi, also had a field day after participants and guests took photos to keep the memories of the event. Jacob Likhotio, a photographer in Kakamega who had erected a makeshift photo studio said in a day he has been collecting Sh30,000, a big boost for him.
Dorcas Matende, a woman who aws selling chips in one of the tents, said she was lucky that she had enough stock of Irish potatoes for chips. She sells a plate of chips at Sh100 and a bottle of soda at Sh50.
“The business is good because in my tent I have served hundreds of customers, mostly students,” said Dorcas. Most of the meals offered cheaply to customers included mandazi, chapatti and beans which were served at Sh100 per plate.
Some traders have hiked food prices A spot check revealed there were over 300 food joints at the campus grounds. Big Hotels from Kakamega with outside catering services also supplied food to guests and schools.
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, Kakamega branch chairman George Musindi said the festival was a golden chance to the business community from Kakamega because such events are rare.