Uber drivers protest over low earnings

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Police officers have dispersed a demonstration by online app taxi drivers who were protesting against low earnings from Uber, Taxify and Little Cab.
Officers threw tear gas to disperse the taxi drivers who had gathered at Uhuru Park.
Before the arrival of police at Uhuru Park, the drivers had planned to march to the office of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko then later to that of Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
The demonstrating taxi drivers later regrouped at Uhuru Park where they announced that their leaders had been granted audience by the governor’s personal assistant to air their grievances.
According to officials of the Digital Online Taxi Association, the drivers had signed a memorandum of understanding in July 2018 with other stakeholders in the sector including the transport CS, the digital app companies Bolt, Uber, Little Cab and others.
“An MoU was signed and it was to be honoured in 2019 but this is yet to happen. Before the agreement could be enforced, digital taxi companies came in with yet another set of terms and conditions, which they proceeded to apply on the business, leaving us worse off economically due to reduced earnings,” said an official who sort anonymity.

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