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International online ride-hailing service inDriver now available in Kampala

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Now Kampala residents can determine the cost of their trips 

inDriver, an international online ride-hailing service headquartered in New York and used by 26-million people across more than 200 cities, today becomes available to residents of Kampala. inDriver users can independently set the price for their trip, while drivers can choose the most profitable and convenient orders.

The app’s Real Time Deals model combats algorithms used by other ride-hailing companies, which rack up prices because of peak hours, traffic and request history. 

inDriver allows passengers to set their own fare for their chosen route. Nearby drivers who receive notice of ride requests have three choices – accept the fare offered, ignore the offer or bargain for a higher price.

“Until today, taxi services in Uganda did not leave any choice for local residents when it came to the cost of the trip. Users were only offered to agree to the price specified in the application or on the taxi counter. inDriver came to change this situation. We want customers and drivers to independently and directly determine the fair and favorable price of each trip. Already today, residents of Kampala, using inDriver, will be able to make sure that the cost of travel can be significantly lower than the usual prices. And soon people in other big cities of Uganda will be able to see it  as well,” said Egor Fedorov, Chief Marketing Officer, inDriver.

Kampala is the first city in Uganda where inDriver was launched. The service is already operating in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. inDriver has already connected more than 1,000 drivers in Kampala, and dozens of new drivers are being registered daily. At the initial stage after the start, inDriver will not charge drivers any commission.

A unique feature of inDriver is that drivers are not automatically assigned to riders. Once the counteroffers are in, passengers select the most suitable driver in line with what categories are most important to them – fare, driver rating, estimated time of arrival or vehicle model. 

inDriver has the option to make the rides safer. Passengers can share their GPS location and ride details in real time from the app with trusted contacts. 

Travelling with inDriver can be done throughout Kampala’s city borders. Currently, one can pay for the ride only in cash, which allows to further reduce the cost of the trip, as when paying by card, the bank charges an additional commission.

In recent days inDriver has been working in Kampala in test mode to collect first feedback. This week showed that prices became more attractive for passengers. Passengers using the app pay on average 20% less than with other services. For example, for a ride from Century Cinemax Acacia Mall to Makerere University Main Gate with inDriver, users paid just 4,000 UGX, from Bugolobi to Bunga Market 8,500 UGX. 

You can download inDriver for free from the Google Play Store and AppStore.

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Eddy Kenzo to spearhead national tree planting campaign

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CCBA’s Simon Kaheru (R), musician Eddy Kenzo and representatives from ESSI share a moment at the launch of the tree planting campaign held on Friday at the Coca Cola plant in Namanve.

By Our Reporter

Eddy Kenzo has been named green ambassador. The singer will spearhead a conservation campaign in which he will raise awareness about climate change and also encourage masses across the country to plant trees.

Championed by Environment Social Safeguards International (ESSI) in partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa(CCBA) in Uganda and National Forestry Authority, the initiative targets to plant over 4000 trees in effort to conserve the environment.

“I am excited to be working with ESSI on this campaign to plant trees across the country and want to encourage all Ugandans to join this initiative,” Kenzo said. “Planting a tree is a blessing because you are giving life while also making our country look beautiful. It is time for us to all go green.”

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

According to Khasim Ngabirano, the CEO Environment Social Safeguard International, the campaign aims to create awareness about the importance of tree planting in combating negative effects of climatic change. He noted that trees play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change and we therefore should act now to mitigate its negative effects.

Simon Kaheru, the Public Affairs & Communications Director Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda expressed excitement about this partnership saying: “We are looking to beat climate change but also protecting the environment by planting trees. Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do as Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda to contribute to conserving the environment.

“At Coca-Cola, we place priority on watershed protection and conservation, and we are proud of the work that ESSI has done in Uganda to help restore trees. The trees not only add beauty and provide shade but they also provide a barrier to storms and help retain water in the soil, which is very important for the country.”

Uganda’s forest cover has been depleted to 8% up from 24% in 1990s, and this is largely attributed to human encroachment for different activities such as agriculture and urbanization.

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Bobi Wine’s Best Friend in trouble for shooting DJ

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Babu Owino, could be Bobi Wine’s Best Friend but he is never far from controversy.

During a bar argument at B-Club in Nairobi, Babu Owino drew his pistol and shot at DJ Evolve.

Babu had been smoking shisha and appeared to have been high. Hours earlier, Babu had posted that Raila Odinga would be president by ballot or bullet. Many wondered whether the argument had been about Raila versus Ruto.

By press time, it was being rumoured that DJ Evolve had passed on. Babu Owino is currently in jail over attempted murder.

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I am not in debt — Rema

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Rema in Tikula video

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Singer Rema Namakula has dismissed reports claiming that she is choking on debts.

It had been alleged that Rema had sold off several of her valuable assets to fund her introduction ceremony. The rumors become rife after it emerged that the singer’s car, a Prado TX model, had also been put on sale soon after her introduction. It was alleged this was the singer’s effort to raise more money to pay off debts.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, the “Gutujja” hitmaker insisted that the sale of her car has nothing to do with her current financial position, adding that all the service providers were duly paid.

“You saw how big my introduction ceremony was. The money from selling the car would not have even been enough to feed the guests.” Rema said.

“I am not in debt, and that is one thing I am very scared of,” she added. “I always pay all my service providers promptly and this is why you have never seen anyone come out complaining or say I have defaulted.”

Rema introduced her lover, Dr Hamza Sebunya, in a lavish ceremony that was held in November last year.

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