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Uber raises prices in Kenya after a standoff with driver-partners

Uber has suffered many attacks both in Africa and globally, but the biggest battles so far were the final surrender in China, the CEO’s apology after a rant to a US driver-partner, and today’s announcement that drivers matter, after they went on strike asking for better rates.

The firm had in July last year lowered its prices by 35 percent in a move to encourage more riders on the road, to help increase trips for drivers, but according to drivers, the prices were not sustainable.

“That is why today we are raising our prices in Kenya,” the firm said in a statement. “We believe driver-partners will earn more as a result of these changes and that riders will continue to enjoy access to a safe, affordable and reliable service.”

Though the firm recently launched a revamped app, it says it realizes it only works when both riders and driver-partners are benefiting. Though passengers need safe, reliable transport, drivers too need to keep earning to maintain their cars and keep coming back.

“We believe that riders and drivers should have transparency and certainty around prices so that they can make informed choices about when and how they use Uber” the firm announced in a statement.

Below are the Old and New fares for Nairobi, Thika and Mombasa.

Nairobi & Thika Fares:

NEW FARES KES 42 per KM KES 100 base fare KES 3 per min KES 300 minimum fare
OLD FARES KES 35 per KM KES 100 base fare KES 3 per min KES 200 minimum fare

Mombasa Fares:

NEW FARES KES 42 per KM 70 KES base fare, KES 3 per min KES 200 minimum fare
OLD FARES KES 35 per KM KES 50 base fare KES 3 per min KES 150 minimum fare

 

 

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