Uber arrives in Uganda

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Uber has today made its debut in Uganda, starting in the east African country’s capital city, Kampala.

“Kampala is a growing city in the heart of Uganda, a country with a fast-growing economy…With its people, energy, innovation, entrepreneurial and rapidly growing economy, Kampala is an exciting place for Uber to bring its services,” Uber said in its announcement today.

Uber sub-Saharan General Manager, Alon Lits, added that Uber is aware of Kampala’s current traffic congestion and that its aims 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,” Lits said.

The service is also offering free rides when users sign up and use “MoveUganda” as their promo code. The free rides are valid from today at 1pm until Sunday, 5th June at midnight.

Users are limited to a total of six free rides and each trip is limited to maximum of 20 000 Ugandan shillings (R92) each.

“Uber is part of a broader evolution in transportation. Kampala is a progressive, forward-thinking city that is ready for safe, reliable and efficient transportation and we are so excited to be launching here,” Lits concluded.

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