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Viral ‘Chipo Mwitu’ Vendor Suspends Services over High Cost of Cooking Oil, Potatoes

Bevalyne Kwamboka, the popular Nairobi ‘chipo mwitu’ vendor has suspended her services with immediate effect. 

Through her Twitter page, Kwamboka announced her decision to stop selling french fries citing the spike in the prices of cooking oil and potatoes. 

“To all chipo mwitu supporters, due to increase in waru n cooking oil prices we have officially ‘suspended’ selling chipo until further notice. Waru was KSh 1,200 now KSh 3,200, oil was KSh 1,200 now KSh 2,350 (10 litres), profit ziko almost zero,” she wrote. 

Kwamboka who recently graduated from Kenyatta University said she will now focus on part-time teaching jobs. 

She is a teacher by profession. 

“Let’s focus on afkado (avocado) and matoke and part-time pupils coaching,” Kwamboka added. 

This comes months after nominated Senator Beatrice Kwamboka boosted her business after donating a potato chipper, 20 litres of cooking oil and two sacks of potatoes.

Kwamboka who recently graduated from Kenyatta University said she will now focus on part-time teaching jobs PHOTO/COURTESY

Senator Kwamboka also rented premises for her and paid three months’ rent. 

“Shukran za dhati kwa Senata Beatrice Kwamboka kwa uwezeshaji wake wa vifaa vya kisasa vya kuandaa vibanzi, lita ishirini ya mafuta maalum ya kupikia, gunia mbili za viazi na kodi ya miezi mitatu ya chumba cha kazi. Siasa na vitendo hapana siasa na sinema,” the chips vendor wrote.   

Before getting a premise, the Kenyatta University graduate appealed to the government not to evict her after the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority (KURA) warned against setting up businesses on footbridges and pedestrian pathways. 

“At the moment I do not have a permanent structure…I usually do my business, clean up the place and go home. What I can tell KeNHA is that as much as I sell chips here, I have not affected anything

“I have even placed an iron sheet even to prevent smoke from destroying the footbridge. This (referring to the business) is my mother, this is my father, this is my husband, this is my employment,” she stated.

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