Businesses were at their peak in Nakuru town on Wednesday during the Madaraka Day celebrations.
For the first time in history, the Head of State held Madaraka Day out of Nairobi and Nakuru, Afraha Stadium played host to various dignitaries who attended the national event.
The 15-thousand capacity stadium was filled to capacity with Kenyans from all walks of life who turned up for the much publicized Madaraka Day.
Businesses people made a kill on this day as their goods were sold at a higher rate than ever before with hawkers being the majority gainers.
On Monday, two days before the actual event, almost all hotels in Nakuru town had been fully booked.
Water and soft drinks were on high demand as people went for them to quench their thirst. Small national flags too were the gold of the day as people bought them as a sign of patriotism.
“On a normal day, I usually make 500 to 800 shillings but today I made 3500 shillings. It was a good business,” said Mrs Perita Nakhumicha who sells water and other soft drinks.
“This was our day,” said Mr John Nderitu who sells small national flags and some other footwears.
Though transport within the CBD was held briefly in the morning and when the event was coming to a close, bodaboda operators had a good day. Most of those who attended the event used bodaboda as a form of transport.
In Nairobi, businesses were not as booming as they were in Nakuru as most businesses did not open for the fear that violence would have broken out during the rally that was held by the opposition, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD at Uhuru Park.
The rally had been initially banned by the government but the court nullified the ban and ordered the police to provide security during the event.
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