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By - | Updated Sat, March 30th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Jackson Okoth

Nairobi, Kenya: Most retail outlets have lined up discounts and goodies to attract buyers this Easter weekend. Their shelves are flooded with specials on chocolates, cooking fat, soap, beef, clothes, bread and footwear, to catch the wallets of Easter shoppers.

The shopping galore now has an discounts, special offers and price cuts offered by mobile phone companies and supermarkets.

 Others are holiday resorts, bakeries, hotels and restaurants during this Easter period.  Top on the list of offers is that by telecommunications services provider Orange. 

Attracting clients

The firm has reduced the prices of selected voice and data devices.

Customers can now buy a range of multi-feature devices from entry level and high-end mobile phones, data devices and desk phones at significantly reduced costs from Orange shops and partner outlets countrywide.

“We are committed to offering our customers quality at competitive pricing enabling the acquisition of devices that will allow them enjoy and benefit from the use of multi-feature, data enabled gadgets,” said Maureen Sande, the company’s chief corporate communications officer.

The price change affects a host of essential devices including the Smartax MT880 ADSL modem from Sh8,500 to Sh2,999; the SunTab tablet at Sh19,999 down from Sh23,999, pre-loaded with an Orange SIM card as well as one-month unlimited Internet on mobile; the Samsung Galaxy S Duos at Sh21,499 from Sh22,999; Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 at Sh27,999 from Sh29,999 and the Nokia 305 whose price has been reduced to Sh6,899 from Sh7,299.

These price changes translate into a reduction of between five per cent and 65 per cent in price.

The devices allow for more flexibility in regard to compatibility with an array of operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Shoppers for household items should consider Nakumatt, which has lowered the prices of maize flour, home baking powder, sugar, beans, green grams, crisps, tissue paper, bleaches and dish washing paste.

The Nakumatt offer is valid from March 25 to April 7 .

It’s closest rival Uchumi Supermarket has price cuts on rice, beef sausages, cooking oil, soap, goat and lamb meat, candles, tissue paper, antiseptic and air fresheners.

The Uchumi offer runs from March 28 to April 4. 

Naiva’s supermarket has an Easter parade where a shopper who buys a sharp fridge gets a free microwave, with price cuts on various refrigerators, microwaves, electric cookers and gas cookers.

 It is also offering shoppers’ bargains on cooking fat, dinner sets, beef and soda. Bata Shoe Company is offering up to 40 per cent price cuts on all its products in an offer that is valid up to March 31,  for all shoppers buying the second and third pair from the outlet.

Tuskys supermarket has price cuts on beef, pizza cooking fat, biscuits, spaghetti, detergents, soap, diapers, toilet paper, toys, shoes and clothing as well as travel bags and BMX bicycles.