Kenya: Uber Taxi Burnt Amid Competition!


An Uber taxi has been burnt in Kenya following some issues with traditional taxi services.  This is the second attack on Uber in two months in Nairobi.

It all started shortly after a man booked the cab to the outskirts of the capital. The man directed the driver to a strange alley. Then the driver saw four men approaching his car.  Although he managed to run away from the place, the men have tried to restrain him. Later, the men burnt the car, according to Business Standard.

“We are determined to end this madness where people are maliciously attacking and damaging other people’s property,” says Nairobi’s police chief, Japheth Koome.

Protest by conventional taxi services has raised concerns over Uber’s cheaper fares; the company is driving local business out of the market. It will be noted that taxi drivers the world over have reported having to face unfair competition with Uber.

The first  Uber taxi attack surfaced on the 22nd of February in the Kilimani area in Nairobi. The driver was about to drop off a customer when he was suddenly attacked. A car deliberately blocked the taxi after the passengers came out of it; people from the other car then beat up the taxi driver.  Finally, they emptied a can of petrol and set the car on fire.

As per a report by The East African last month, United Kenya Taxi Organisation (UKTO) hit the government with a 7-day ultimatum to ban the Uber taxi service in the country. Moreover, they threatened to cut the transportation services if their demands were not fulfilled.

“We therefore as United Kenya Taxi Organisation wish to inform that we have loans to service, families to feed, children to educate and other responsibilities to cater for and are not ready to leave the transport industry to a foreigner set to render us jobless while we are in a democratic republic,” said UKTO in a statement.

However, the Kenyan government denied the request and said that it will work towards a new draft to regulate the online taxi services in the country.

Uber requested the government to deal with the attacks and the backlash carried out by other cab services. Currently, it is active in nine cities across the sub-Saharan Africa, including in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, reports The Blaze.

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