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Hawkers make a killing at UoN graduation

Hawkers and food vendors made a killing on Friday during University of Nairobi’s 50th graduation ceremony held on Friday.

Traders recorded brisk business with demand for food stuffs, snack and decorations sky rocketing.

Gifton Mwandali a hawker who was selling flowers said people bought the flowers in large numbers until he was forced to order another batch.

“I sold out my entire stock by noon I was forced to make arrangements for delivery of a fresh batch ” he said.

Traders selling flowers and snacks also recorded high sales as demand for their products soared.

Faith Wanjiru, an ice cream vendor said the large numbers of people who turned up for the event were critical in boosting her sales beyond her initial assessment.

Hoteliers were not left behind. John Kamau a student at the university and doing his work-study at Riziki Restaurant – a university Hotel, said the establishment was at operating at full capacity and sales were more than satisfactory.

The day was however not short of drama as city askaris clashed with traders over fees.

Jelioth Wangari one of the hawkers said they were forced to  pay for their  hawking receipts more than once.

“Many of the hawkers were arrested by county askaris even after paying the requisite Sh200 and were only released after they parted with more cash” she said.