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Call for Ban on Uber in Kenya

Call for Ban on Uber in KenyaCall for Ban on Uber in Kenya

Taxi operators in Kenya on Wednesday asked the government to stop the operations of Uber, the ride sharing app that has risen in popularity because of its cheaper fares. Kenya's police have said they have launched investigations into allegations of attacks on Uber drivers, AP reports. "Taxi drivers and owners will hold protests in a week," Chairman of the Taxi Cab Association of Kenya Josphat Olila said. Mwangi Mubia, the association's spokesman said, 4,000 taxis are being driven out of business because of Uber's cheaper fares.  On Tuesday, Interior Ministry Spokesman Mwenda Njoka issued a statement saying that there have been reports of attacks on Uber drivers this week. He said business rivalry should never be settled through attacks and intimidation but rather through established legal mechanisms of resolving disputes. Traditional taxi drivers say they're suffering unfair competition from Uber, which has faced legal challenges around Europe. Uber argues the Kenya's taxi sector needs to catch up with the times.