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Government orders taxi association, Uber to dialogue

04 February 2016, 14:09 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has ordered the Kenya Taxi Owners Association and Uber to meet and dialogue over the current impasse in the sector.

The two have clashed in recent weeks over what the taxi association claims is unfair pricing model by Uber.

Uber's pricing model has been a point of discussion all over the world, with traditional taxi operators complaining that the cheaper Uber pricing is killing their business.

Similar in Kenya.

Reports of violence against Uber drivers by their fellow taxi operators as well as a threat to have them kicked out of Kenya have alarmed the government and now Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery had ordered them to meet and dialogue to avoid a crisis.

Read alsoTaxi drivers give Uber 7 days to leave Kenya

" They must meet and dialogue. This issue of violence will not be tolerated," he stated Thursday.

He ordered Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho to ensure the two meet and seek a solution to the problem.

" The PS here will see to it that they meet and agree. We cannot have people destroying each other's properties in the name of business wars," he added.

News24 recently did a piece on why Kenyans prefer the new taxi model as compared to the traditional set up.

"It is they who have been attacking us while trying to get us out of business,” the taxi union leader Mwangi Mubia told a press conference on Wednesday.

"We will block roads if Uber is not done away with in a week’s time. We have told our members to park their vehicles at strategic locations and all over town," they added.

The government quickly told off the union, saying that any move to create fear or intimidation would be met with the full force of the law.

So far, two people have been charged in court for violence against Uber taxis.

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