Taxi driver attacks on Uber increasing in Nairobi

Uber driver vandalised taxi
An Uber driver's taxi allegedly attacked by rival drivers. Photo: Twitter/sikri_

Since launching in Nairobi last January, mobile taxi booking service Uber has proved to be a hit among the expatriate community and local tech savvy users.


A report in Business Daily last week highlighted growing dissent among local cab drivers, with what they see as increased competition by the taxi hailing service.

The problems show a worrying parallel with events in Paris, where taxi drivers paralyzed public transport for two days by blocking major roads over what they felt was unfair competition by the service as well as failure by the government to take serious actions aimed at regulating Uber.

However, the situation in Kenya seems to have escalated and on Saturday (30 January), a Twitter user posted a photo supposedly showing an Uber car which was allegedly stoned by taxi drivers at Valley Arcade in Nairobi.

Blogger Robert Alai also shared several screen shots from a Whatsapp group conversation on Twitter, which appears to be a plot to launch attacks against Uber drivers in Nairobi by rival taxi drivers.