Many flock social places, buy gifts for their mothers on special day
Business people cashed in as Kenyans celebrated their mothers to mark this year’s Mothers Day.
While some flocked to social places to treat their mothers, others bought gifts and flowers in city shops and various malls.
This was evident yesterday, as the phone for Peter Njenga; a flower vendor at the Great Wall mall, along Mombasa Road, could not stop ringing this time of the year.
Njenga was busy yesterday either selling flowers at his stall, or dispatching deliveries to his customers within the Syokimau-Katani locality in Mavoko sub-County.
“As flower vendors, we are incredibly busy as we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is one of our busiest days, apart from Valentine’s Day, it is good business,” Njenga told People Daily yesterday.
Since morning, I have done about 100 deliveries, he says, while clipping stems and thorns from the flowers.
At Jumia- a popular Kenyan online retailer, they have been running a week long Mother’s Day offers between May 3 and 9 with the theme ‘Make them feel special,’ by selling household appliances, personal care products and electronic gadgets at discounted prices with free deliveries.
It wass not good business for all. Within the Central Business District, flower vendors and supermarket attendants interviewed attributed low business to the long holidays and opening of schools that preceded Mother’s Day, the third edition of the Kipchoge Keino sporting event at Kasarani Stadium and the fact that it also fell on a Sunday; factors that kept people out of town.
As a result, the long queues normally seen at Nairobi’s City Market and a number of supermarkets were non-existent. Asked why he was buying chocholate at Naivas Supermarket in Umoja, Patrick Wachura said he was celebrating his wife and all mothers for anchoring the life of Kenyans especially during this period of extraordinary economic challenges.