Kampala has joined the growing list of smart transportation hubs on the continent with the launch of online taxi-hailing service Uber in Uganda.
“Following the success of Uber in many other growing cities, Uber is excited to launch its ride-sharing platform to the people of Kampala,” the company said in a statement.
Uganda becomes the 6th African country, Kampala the 12th African city, the third after Nairobi and Mombasa in East Africa that Uberoperates in.
According to the World Bank, the Ugandan economy is on a positive upward trajectory owing to the development of its infrastructure and intensified investment in the private sector.
Uber says Kampala is an exciting place to take its services, with its people, energy, innovation and entrepreneurial economy.
“We are mindful of Kampala’s current traffic congestion, and we aim to be part of the solution in improving it, while creating new, fruitful opportunities for drivers. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the strain on the city’s roads, and minimise the environmental impact of traffic congestion that is part of a growing economy,” said Alon Lits, General Manager, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.
To celebrate Uber’s launch in Kampala, the company is offering free rides starting and ending within the city’s coverage area accessible on the Uber app between Thursday June 2, 2016 and Sunday June 5, 2016.
Users are limited to a total 6 free rides with each trip limited to a maximum of Ush20, 000 each.