It was business as usual in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) following the long December holidays.
Monday, being the first working day of 2016 marked a return to work for most Nairobi residents with many embracing what was a relatively chilly morning to build the nation.
A spot check by KNA showed that most streets were a bee hive of activities contrary to the scenario a few weeks ago when they remained deserted.
There was heavy traffic in most Nairobi roads, with motorists and commuters coming back to the familiar reality of the hustle and bustle that Nairobi residents endure throughout the year.
At the Kencom bus station several commuters queued patiently waiting to board buses to offices outside the CBD.
The scenario was the same at the Westlands bus terminus in Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street, where a good number of commuters were boarding matatus to work, for the first time this year.
“We closed shop on December 21, 2015 and I’m only reporting to work today,” said Ian Okoth a land sales person with a firm in the Westlands.
“I traveled upcountry to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with my family but now that the holidays are over its back to business as usual,” added Mr Okoth.
“Although we worked all through the holiday, today is the first day we’ve experienced good business as most people are resuming work,” said Michael Karanja a Matatu driver plying the Westlands route.
“As the week goes on we expect a booming business as most schools and institutions of higher learning are also scheduled to resume classes this week,” added the driver.
Most fast food joints and restaurants also acknowledged that they had witnessed some good business today following the holidays.
“At least for the first time since mid December we’ve had a good number of customers coming in for breakfast,” said Samuel Gicheru a manager at a leading fast food in the CBD.
It is expected that business will reach optimum during the week with a good number of organizations set to resume normal operations starting.
By Barry Otieno