Striking Kenya Uber drivers splash oil on those working

Uber drivers in Kenya today took their anger to those vehicles that were still working as the strike entered its second week.

A number of drivers were stopped and harassed in Kilimani area in Nairobi for failing to join the strike.

Photos shared by some of the striking drivers showed they were using all means possible to force all riders to join the strike.

The drivers are protesting the slashing of rates by the company by half. Each kilometer costs Sh30 down from Sh60, while Sh4 is charged per minute. The base fare for the service is Sh100.

Uber takes 25 percent of the total fare charged but drivers want the percentage cut.

Uber said in a statement on Thursday that they remain dedicated to listening to their driver and partners.

“We have an incredible community of driver-partners who use the app every day to make a living and help move Nairobi in a safe, reliable and affordable way. We take our partnership with them very seriously,” the statement reads released by Alon Lits, General Manager Uber Sub Saharan Africa.

“We know that recently some driver-partners, in Nairobi, have expressed concerns around their earnings in light of inflation and the increase in fuel prices. When we cut prices last year it was to encourage more people to take trips. By helping driver-partners stay busy, we hoped to improve the amount of money they make. And we saw an increase in the number of trips taken by new and existing riders and, in many cases, higher than average earnings for driver-partners

By helping driver-partners stay busy, we hoped to improve the amount of money they make. And we saw an increase in the number of trips taken by new and existing riders and, in many cases, higher than average earnings for driver-partners

By helping driver-partners stay busy, we hoped to improve the amount of money they make. And we saw an increase in the number of trips taken by new and existing riders and, in many cases, higher than average earnings for driver-partners,” Uber said.

There was a huge surge in upmarket areas of Nairobi after the drivers downed their tools.

Uber has, in turn, started reaching out to its driver through text messages.

UBER: Hey***, due to high demand, Uber is offering hourly guarantees of KES650 every hour to boost your earnings. To qualify, you need to accept 80% of requests, complete 80% of the trips you accept and complete 3 trips every 4 hours. These guarantees take effect 8 am today (28th Feb) and end tomorrow at 2 pm, said one message seen by Kenya Reporter.

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