Chips and chicken business is one of the most booming petty businesses in Wandegeya and is now changing night life in the Kampala suburb.
The major business takes place in a gazetted area along Bombo road next to the traffic lights, opposite Barclays Bank on the Southern Wing of Wandegeya Market. But the business is also spreading to other parts of Wandegeya.
According to Nabakooza Christine, preparations kick off as early as 5am and by 7am, the chicken is ready for consumption. She also notes that, the reason for early preparation is because she gets some customers early in the morning that prefer chicken for their breakfast before going to work.
Nabakooza also states that for the five years she has been in this business, it has enabled her to educate her 10-year old child and also build.
Muhindo Alice, another chips and chicken seller also says the chips and chicken business is flexible and makes profits for her.
“Chips and chicken business is a very flexible business. It is on high demand and by midnight all my chicken gets done and therefore, it makes it very hard for me to make loses,” she added.
Three thousand shillings (3,000) is enough for someone to have a piece of chicken and chips, which makes it cheap to students.
“I like eating Wandegeya grilled chicken because it is delicious, very cheap and affordable for me,” says Tusingwire Jessica, a student pursuing Bachelor of Nursing at Makerere University.
The major challenge for those involved in this business is confiscation of their chicken roasting materials and arrests due to lack of business permits by Kampala Capital City Authoity enforcement officers. Sometimes, health enforcement agents also arrest the vendors due to hygiene problems.