60-page report on Uber rivalry ready, to be made public

February 26, 2016 3:56 pm
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The report noted that the recent attacks on Uber taxi drivers were unwarranted because both parties were legally in business/COURTESY
The report noted that the recent attacks on Uber taxi drivers were unwarranted because both parties were legally in business/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – A taskforce set up to resolve rivalry with Uber taxis on Friday handed over its report to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho with recommendations to have the government protect both parties.

The report noted that the recent attacks on Uber taxi drivers were unwarranted because both parties were legally in business.

“There is no room in this country for business rivals to take the law into their own hands. This kind of hooliganism in unacceptable in civilized society and the police are under strict instructions to deal with such criminals very sternly,” Kibicho warned.

Speaking after receiving the report, he warned that any persons who attack others in the name of fighting for space in the taxi business will face the law accordingly.

He announced that investigations had been launched to arrest people behind the attacks.

“Police have been investigating this and other similar incidents and so far 10 people have recorded statements. Arrests are expected soon.”

Competition between Uber and other taxi operators has led to a bitter row with the most recent being an attack where an Uber driver had his car burnt.

READ: Uber driver attacked, taxi set ablaze in Kenyan capital

Following the business row, the Interior Ministry formed a taskforce to investigate the disputes.

The taskforce on Friday presented a 60-page document that detailed recommendations that will be implemented to resolve the disagreement.

Kibicho further urged transport regulatory bodies in the country to ensure transport laws and regulations are observed and also an equal playing ground for all public transport operators.

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