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Uber Raises Fares in Key African Markets After Driver Protests

Uber Technologies Inc. has raised fares in Nigeria and Kenya in response to demand by drivers for higher share of commissions to compensate for increased cost of operations.

The ride-hailing firm raised prices on its UberX platform by 13% in Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, and 20% in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Lorraine Onduru spokesperson for Uber East and West Africa said in response to questions.

In Kenya, it added 15% on its motorcycle-ride and delivery services, while riders on low-cost ChapChap will pay additional 3 Kenyan shillings per kilometer.

Uber, Bolt Drivers in Africa Protest High Cost of Operations

“We believe that this small increase will still make it possible for riders to access affordable transport whilst providing better earnings for driver-partners,” Onduru said. The new fares are effective from Tuesday in Nigeria, according to an email sent to drivers by Uber.