Nairobi Uber protest turns ugly as drivers turn against each other (PHOTOS)

Nairobi Uber protest turns ugly as drivers turn against each other (PHOTOS)

A protest by Uber drivers in Nairobi this morning against their employer took an ugly twist after they harassed fellow drivers who failed to join in with the strike.

The drivers who have been petitioning the taxi-hailing company to increase the kilometer rate charged on consumers poured oil on car seats of their colleagues who continued to work amidst the protest.

A victim of the oil spilling incident on Lenana Road was left speechless as his vehicle was sprayed with the flammable liquid as he was accused of failing to join in on the demonstration.

The drivers want demanded the American company to increase the kilometre rate from the current Sh35 to the previous Sh60.

READ ALSO: Uber to raise fares six months after cutting prices by 35%

“When we cut prices last year it was to encourage more people to take trips. By helping driver-partners stay busy, we hoped to improve the amount of money they make. And we saw an increase in the number of trips taken by new and existing riders and, in many cases, higher than average earnings for driver-partners,” Alon Lits, General Manager Uber Sub Saharan Africa said.

A banner showing the Uber drivers’ demands (Photo: Mac Otani)

A protestor during today’s strike in Nairobi (Photo: Radio Citizen)

The moment an Uber protestor poured oil on a driver’s car who failed to join in on the strike (Photo: Teddy Eugene)

 

Another vehicle that fell victim to the oil spilling protestors (Photo: Mac Otani)

 

The driver who failed to participate in the Uber strike after oil was poured all over him along Lenana Road (Photo: Ma3Route)

An Uber driver’s vehicle after oil was poured in its front seats (Photo: Mac Otani)

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