Nkaissery asks taxi drivers to meet over dispute, says ultimatum to drive Uber out is criminal

Joseph Nkaissery has directed Interior PS Karanja Kibicho to call a meeting of Uber management and taxi operators to resolve an ongoing feud.

Regular taxi drivers are disgruntled over Uber’s cheap pricing model, which they argue is hurting business, and have been plotting to push the competition out of Nairobi.

“There seems to be a misunderstanding between Uber and Kenya taxi operators, which will be dealt with only after the government listens to both sides,” the Interior CS said.

Speaking at the Kenya School of Government on Thursday, Nkaissery told off regular taxi operators for the “criminal act” of giving the government an ultimatum on the matter.

On Wednesday, cab drivers threatened to paralyse transport if the government does not drive the Uber taxi service out of Nairobi in seven days .

The operators under the Kenya United Taxi Organisation denied attacking Uber cab drivers as alleged, saying they have been peacefully conducting a genuine business.

Two people were arrested for allegedly smashing the windscreen of an Uber taxi in Nairobi, amid the dispute.