Uber has suspended its operations in Tanzania six years after its launch citing hostility from the government. The company released a statement saying it has halted all its services in the country effective today April 14 and is seeking an amicable resolution with the government.
“Current regulations on the transportation sector have created an environment that is not friendly and has been a challenge in our business,” Uber said in a statement sent via email.
Uber offers various taxi-hailing options in Tanzania including UberX, UberX Saver, and UberXL. The company says the suspension is temporary.
“This is a difficult time for all of us, but this does not mean that it is the end of everything. We are ready to co-operate with the relevant authorities and reach an agreement that will create a stable environment for our business,” reads part of the statement.
Uber is currently operational in 80 countries around the world, 11 of which are in Africa.