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Taxi association officials split ahead of Igathe meeting

Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Officials of two taxi associations are locked in a turf war for control of members at a time when the industry is on a go-slow against online cab-hailing firms.

Drivers attached to e-hailing platforms, who are currently on strike protesting poor returns and high commission charges, are embroiled in bitter infighting which has led to the group’s split.

A section of the drivers have taken-off from the original group, Digital Taxi Association of Kenya (DTAK) and have formed Kenya Online Taxi Welfare Association (Kotwa).

“People in this group felt that DTAK did not meet their expectations. The association was formed to champion the group’s rights and not for personal reasons. Members of Kotwa just felt that their plights were no longer represented,” said Kotwa chairman Daniel Omondi.

“We are hoping to pick the certificate formalising the association on Monday (today) then formally join a union and continue pushing for the change we want to see,” he said.

Officials of the two groups are seeking ways of working together ahead of their meeting with the deputy governor Polycarp Igathe later in the day.

They are set to discuss a memorandum of understanding drafted by DTAK. The MoU consists of 12 demands by the drivers and stakeholders.

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