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Malindi flower sellers make a kill on Valentine’s Day

Flower vendors in Malindi town were a happy lot on Friday as they sold the commodity to hundreds of Valentine Day enthusiasts.

Speaking to journalists in the town Mr. Andrew Kamau, a flower vendor, said despite some morning drizzles that could have kept his customers away, he sold more flowers on Friday compared to other days.

 He said that his customers included local and international tourists as well as residents.

 Mr. Joseph Kioko, another flower vendor expressed joy that even local residents were buying flowers unlike in the past when his customers were mainly international tourists.

“Business is good today and I am very happy. The number of customers had reduced drastically due to the low tourism seasons, but as you can see I am serving many customers today,” he said. “A single flower goes for Sh100 while a bouquet sells at Sh1, 000.”

A spot check by the Kenya News Agency revealed that many flower selling points had been patronized by valentine day fans who were buying flowers for their loved ones.

 Ms. Catherine Kadzo, a Malindi town resident, expressed excitement as she bought a bouquet of flowers for her husband whom she said had been very supportive and loving.

 Mr. Abdkadir Mohamed said he was buying flowers to celebrate with his wife who, he said, stood with him at a time of financial difficulties, taking over the role of the sole bread winner to his family.

“A flower is just to show her that I love her and also so that she does not feel left out when others are being given flowers by their loved ones,” he said.

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