Ugandan women flock Kenyan bars, hotels for jobs

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Ugandan women have taken over entertainment joints in western Kenya.

Visit key bars and hotels in Busia, Malaba, Bungoma, Mumias and Kakamega town and you are more likely to be served by Uganda waitresses, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.

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

With a bent knee, they will welcome you with a polite greeting, “Osibyota”(How are you doing?) or “Ogambaki”(Are you healthy?).

Whether their polite posture and public relations skills are natural or pretended, they seem to have won the hearts of Kenyan men patronising bars and nightclubs in this part of the country.

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

Kelvin Otip, another bar owner in Nambale, described the Ugandan women 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 (the border) understand how to ‘disarm’ a man without deflating their ego,” said Otip.

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