Uber Taxi faces rough time in Kenya after enjoying brief success

Publication: Coastweek.com,

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Since its launch in Kenyan capital Nairobi in 2015, U.S. taxi-hailing firm Uber has caused excitement and anxiety in equal measure.Those excited were consumers who saw the firm as godsend as it was offering lower charges than what was in the market. Besides, the idea of just dialing a button on one’s smartphone to call a cab was novel in a country where smartphones rule the roost.

On the other hand, those who were anxious were the traditional taxi drivers, many who relied on loyal customers who they were charging for as much as 10 U.S. dollars for a kilometer journey. To them, Uber was going to cannibalize their business.

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