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Kenya's taxi hailing app drivers to strike

Kenya's taxi hailing app drivers to strike

Taxi hailing app drivers in Kenya, including those of Uber, Little, Taxify, and MondoRide, are scheduled to go on strike today due to pricing differences.

As reported by CIO East Africa, the drivers and partners are set to strike, citing price differences "which make them work for long hours only to get nothing."

The strike is reported to have been prompted by the improper management of the respective service providers, with their services not to be availed until further notice.

In a phone interview, Digital Taxi Association of Kenya's (DTAK) Chair David Muteru, echoed the above stating, "We are differing on pricing because the prices are just not fair. The service provider's commission is still high but they keep lowering the fares to accommodate customers."

When asked about the impending strike, Muteru stated that they will present the companies with a proposal which will determine the duration of the strike, but added that it would continue indefinitely if their terms are not met.

"There are no factors to reduce the prices, the proposal states that 45/- per Km, 3/- per min and minimum charge 300/- cutting across the board on all the four apps. This would also be in terms of all the entry apps to the market, signed agreements from the owners that going forward no other app that is coming to the Kenyan market can come with what is not negotiated. There will be no fare reduction beyond that," Muteru added.

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