It is unfortunate that the dispute between the uber taxi company and Kenyan taxis has not been resolved. It’s even more unfortunate that the ‘aggrieved’ party has now resolved to underhand tactics to ensure their survival. In as much as we appreciate their grievances, taking the law into your own hands is totally unacceptable.
On Sunday night, the problem turned deadly when an Uber taxi was torched by attackers and its driver injured along Kirichwa road in Kilimani area.
The Uber taxi driver sustained multiple burns and is fighting for his life at a city hospital.
Police said the 9pm attack was captured on CCTV cameras and that they have positively identified the suspects.
The Uber taxi driver had just dropped a passenger when he was blocked by a black vehicle that had four occupants.
“These people (the attackers) came out with petrol. They poured it onto the taxi and set it on fire,”
Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome told journalists on Monday morning.
The driver was sustained burns,and was beaten up too…
Police suspect the attack was orchestrated by rival taxi operators who have protested Uber’s operation in Nairobi. The taxi operators have previously argued that Uber undercuts them by almost half and that its drivers do not have to pay registration fees.
Let us hope that this issue is resolved as soon as possible.