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September 20, 2017

Kenya taxi drivers give state 7 days to lock Uber services out of Nairobi

Members of the Kenya United Taxi organisation at a press conference during which they gave the government seven days to drive Uber taxi service out of Nairobi, February 2, 2016. Photo/COURTESY
Members of the Kenya United Taxi organisation at a press conference during which they gave the government seven days to drive Uber taxi service out of Nairobi, February 2, 2016. Photo/COURTESY

Taxi operators have given the government seven days to drive the Uber taxi service out of Nairobi, failure to which they will paralyse transport.

The operators under the Kenya United Taxi Organisation denied attacking Uber cab drivers as alleged, saying they are peacefully conducting a genuine business.

"It is they who have been attacking us while trying to get us out of business,” their leader Mwangi Mubia told a press conference on Wednesday.

"We will block roads if Uber is not done away with in a week’s time. We have told our members to park their vehicles at strategic locations and all over town."

Mubia added that they will soon roll out a digital platform for the benefit of customers.

Two people arrested on Tuesday for allegedly smashing the windscreen of an Uber taxi in Nairobi, amid a feud with regular cab drivers, are to appear in court on Thursday.

Regular taxi drivers are reportedly disgruntled over Uber’s cheap pricing model, which they argue is hurting business, and have been plotting to push the competition out of the city.

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