Small-scale traders showcasing their wares at the Green Park Bus Terminus in Nairobi during the launch of the Hustler Fund made good business, cashing in on politicians and corporate executives.
Clad in sharp suits and bulging with crisp notes, top State officials and private sector bosses, who probably often shop in Western capitals such as Paris or New York, sampled the merchandise on offer.
The items included clothes like shirts and hoodies, and foodstuff such as sausages, fish and sugarcane, which were sold at inflated prices.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua paid Sh50,000 for a floral secondhand shirt, which would ordinarily go for about Sh2,000.
But the man popularly christened Riggy G was not alone. Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa enjoyed a sausage that ordinarily goes for Sh30 at Sh20,000.
Also tagging in line in splashing thousands of shillings for ordinary items were Cabinet Secretaries.
Trade CS Moses Kuria paid a lucky artist from Busia Sh60,000. His Public Service colleague Aisha Jumwa and Family Bank Chief Executive Rebecca Mbithi spent tens of shillings for fish from a trader going by the name Mama Susan.
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A boda boda rider was also lucky, as Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Kimani Ichung’wah gave him Sh200,000 to buy his own motorcycle.
Hustlers also made a kill from other top leaders including Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati and President of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Richard Ngatia.