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Uber taxi burnt down, driver injured in war over business in Nairobi

Updated Mon, February 22nd 2016 at 07:49 GMT +3

Nairobi, Kenya:  An Uber taxi was burnt down and the driver injured by suspected arsonists in an attack over businesses in Nairobi.

The driver of the Uber taxi was dropping off a passenger along Kirichwa Road on Sunday night when his car was blocked by another one.

He told police he saw four men alight from the other car while armed with a jerican of petrol, which they poured on his before setting it on fire.

Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome said the four men also beat up the Uber taxi driver after he had jumped out of the burning car for his dear life.

“These are criminals who belong to jail and I believe we will get them. That is not the way to settle their wars,” said Koome.

Other motorists who were using the road at that time watched from a distance as the car went up in flames. The attackers who seemed to have trailed the Nissan Wingroad to the scene jumped into their car and sped off.

Koome said the attack was the latest to be reported to them in a series over the fight over business in the taxi industry.

Most of the incidents reported are smashing of cars by unknown people especially in Kileleshwa area where the business is popular.

The incident comes weeks after the government formed a team to formulate laws that will govern online taxi operations.

A meeting called to discuss the entry of Uber online taxi platform in Kenya resolved to appoint the team to be led by Competition Authority boss Wangombe Kariuki to come up with laws.

The meeting was called following threats by traditional taxi operators to go on strike if Uber ones were not tamed.

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