SafeBoda, a Ugandan based motorbike taxi hailing company is set to pause its operations in Kenya from November 27th 2020.The startup entered the Kenyan market in 2018, and was competing with other bike hailing companies such as UberBoda, Taxify, Mondo among others.
In a statement, the company said, “While Nairobi is seeing some economic recovery from Covid 19, boda transportation has been hit hard. This has meant our business cannot sustainably operate in this environment and unfortunately, the timeline for a full recovery is not certain.”
“This decision is a hard one for SafeBoda to make. We know that this will negatively impact our community of boda boda drivers. Our community is at the core of what we do at SafeBoda.In Nairobi, we set to professionalize and improve the boda industry, building a community of over 4,000 SafeBodas that followed road safety rules, helmet wearing and gave great customer service. Over the past two years, our customers enjoyed the SafeBoda service and completed millions of rides in Nairobi” the company added.
Despite exiting Kenya, the company has stressed that it will continue its operations in Uganda nad Nigeria.
Users in Kenya have until November 27th to exhaust their wallet balances to take rides or send packages.