Safeboda [Photo: Techgist Africa]
Nov, 17th 2020 – Ugandan motorcycle ride-hailing company SafeBoda plans to terminate operations in Kenya at the end of the month, rendering hundreds of motorcycle riders and call center operators jobless.
In a statement it announced that it will cease operations in Kenya from November 27 after only two years in the country citing the negative impact of Covid-19 on business. SafeBoda, however, will continue to operate in Uganda and Nigeria, a market it entered in May this year. The Ugandan firm ventured into the Kenyan market in 2018 with operations in Nairobi, expanding to Mombasa last year.
Part of the statement read, “While Nairobi is seeing some economic recovery from COVID-19, bod transportation has been hit hard. This has meant our business cannot sustainably operate in this environment and unfortunately the timeline for a full recovery cannot be certain.”
Its exist is expected to hit hard as users and business value chains extend to more than 4000 riders in Nairobi. “From now on till 27th November, we will be promoting our safeboda drivers and this will be a chance for customers to use their remaining wallet balances to take rides or send packages.”