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Big win for Kenyan Drivers against Uber BV



Kenyan drivers have won a six-year case they have been rooming in the corridors of justice against Uber BV.

This is a case filed against Uber in 2016 by a group of drivers and a local taxi firm, after the ride-hailing company slashed fares by almost 50% to step up competition for Bolt, its main rival in Kenya.

The drivers said the act threatened their earnings and breached the contract, while Uber argued that they reserved the right to revise their charges.

In a just concluded case, Uber Bv has been ordered to comply with local arbitration for aggrieved drivers in Kenya.

Uber drivers who have been seeking justice from the High Court of Kenya for the last 6 years have finally gotten reprieve after Justice David Majanja ruled that Uber Arbitration be conducted locally in Nairobi as opposed to the contractual terms of Uber Bv that Arbitration be conducted only in The Netherlands.

In the case filed by Kanuri Limited and 33 other aggrieved Uber Contractors in COMM 356 / 2016, the drivers went to court after Uber drastically slashed the fares by 35% but maintained their commissions at 25% which eventually disenfranchised the drivers and their businesses leading to their total collapse from the business.

The Uber drivers are hopeful that the world will finally understand how Travis Kalanich policies in Uber between 2014 and 2016 affected their livelihoods and forced them in to untold misery as they struggled to make Uber thrive but ended up losing their investments in the process.

It has been a 6-year wait for justice and the parties in court hope they will finally be compensated for their losses and misery since their businesses collapsed.

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