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Ugandan women take western Kenya pubs by storm

Posted by African Press International on August 31, 2016

KENNEDY OKWACH -1 | Jumatano, Agosti 31, 2016

Ugandan women have edged out Kenyan servers at entertainment joints in western Kenya.

Visit key bars and hotels in Busia, Malaba, Bungoma, Mumias and Kakamega town and you are likely to be served by Baganda waitresses.

Their perceived modesty, kindness and warmth towards customers has seen them have a strong presence in Kisumu as well.

With a bent knee, they will welcome you with a polite greeting: ‘Osivotia’ (How are you doing?) or ‘Ogambachi’ (Are you healthy?).

Whether their politeness and public relations skills is natural or pretence, they seem to have won the hearts of Kenyan men who are patronising bars and entertainment joints with Ugandan maids.

A bar owner in Busia, who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity, said most Kenyans find the Ugandan ladies polite.

They also don’t steal from customers, according to the bar owner.

“Failure to employ Ugandan ladies will send you out of business. You will lose customers to joints that have embraced them. Having Ugandan ladies is the new trend in town,” he said.

“These ladies also stay on the job for long compared with our Kenyan sisters who will quit without notice. Continuity is important in our business especially [for] customer attraction and retention,” he added.

Mr Kelvin Otip, another bar owner in Nambale, described the Ugandan girls as civil and honest.

“Ugandan waitresses will never shout at customers. You know when men become drunk, their uncivil side unravels.

“The ladies from across (Uganda) understand how to “disarm” a man without deflating their ego,” said Mr Otip.


Nita Lukozi, a Ugandan waitress in one of the biggest clubs in Busia Town, said they are, from an early age, trained to be polite and respect everybody.

“Our culture demands that as a woman, you have to respect men.

“You must be accommodating and welcoming to all visitors who visit. This is how we were brought up,” she says.

“Here in Kenya, men appreciate our courtesy unlike in our country where it is a common thing expected of women,” adds Nita, 23.

On her part, Saida Nafula revealed that they are attracted to Kenya because of better pay.

“With salaries ranging from Sh15,000 to Sh30,000, depending on the bar you work in plus tips, [that] is adequate to send my children to school and provide for them,” said Ms Saida.

Mr Fred Muchiri, a Kenyan truck driver, told that they prefer seeking hospitality and entertainment services where Ugandan girls are because they are “easy to maintain”.

“As truck drivers who arrive at this border so exhausted, we love hospitable Ugandan ladies who serve us at these joints.

“They entertain and keep you company as you wait to take off the following day,” said Mr Muchiri.

The now famous Club Chungulia, which is situated a few meters away from the border, is one of the current hotspots for Ugandan ladies.

Nation news Kenya

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