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Uber partners and drivers during a meeting in Karura on August 1, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY

Partners and drivers of online taxi firm Uber are set to stage demonstrations today over reduced fares.

The group of partners and drivers, who held a planning meeting in Karura Forest on Monday, said all drivers will be offline during the demonstrations.

Emmanuel Kasina, chairman of the Kenyan Taxi Digital Association, said they have notified police of the strike slated for 10am to 1pm.

The association was formed last Friday by drivers of Uber and rival Little Cabs, co-owned by Safaricom and Craft Silicon.

Kasina also told a meeting of drivers at Karura Forest on Monday that the group has filed an injunction in court over the new rates.

Some of the drivers have been on a go-slow since Friday to protest the low fares that they say have dwindled their daily earnings.

Uber Kenya announced a reduction in fares to Sh 35 per kilometre on Thursday a move that was received well by its customers.

However, the drivers argue that Uber should take a lower commission since it never consulted them on reduction of fares.

One of the partners who spoke to Nairobi News last week said the number of rides had increased since Thursday’s announcement of low fares, but the cost of operation had increased.

“Yesterday (Thursday) I did more rides to get to my average daily earnings, but unfortunately half of the amount went to fueling the car which is not usually the case under the previous rates,” the partner said.