Nairobi based Uber Communications Manager for West ad Sub Sahara Africa, Francesca Uriri said in a written emailed response that although some local drivers received the bonus payments, contracts signed between the parties restrict disclosure.
“Due to global data privacy and protection laws, we are unable to share specifics of the driver appreciation rewards in Tanzania,” Uriri said in the statement while responding to Smart Money’s questions relating to the subject.
“We fully remain committed to impacting the lives of driver-partners and riders in Tanzania,” she added in her brief statement which also did not give numbers of drivers who have benefitted from the payments locally.
Soon after listing at New York Stock Exchange last month, Uber drivers globally received some cash payments as a result of the ride hailing company’s share appreciation after listing with some $300 million shared among them globally.
Uber member drivers in the US, Europe and South Africa received up to $40,000 each in compensation after the listing. Some local Uber drivers however said that they received payments
However, Uber South Africa has disclosed the figures of the money remitted in this way.
The Uber based company had said in a statement in April that it would pay around $300 million to its more than a million drivers worldwide.
"To acknowledge drivers who have participated in our success, we are paying a one-time cash driver appreciation reward to qualifying drivers in jurisdictions where we operate through owned operations," Uber South Africa said in a statement published late this April.
Uber drivers in the US received one of six different cash rewards based on the number of trips they have completed. Drivers received $100 if they completed 2,500 trips by April 7th this year, up to $40,000 for 40,000 trips.
One of Uber’s drivers in Dar es Salaam Abdallah Hafidhi (48) said he received 37,000/- through his mobile phone accompanied by a massage that indicated that the money was sent by his employer as an appreciation of his contribution to the company.
Shaban Juma (35) also said he received 54,000/- also through his mobile phone.
“I have worked for almost a year and without expecting, I received 54,000/- as a reward for working with Uber,” Juma said. Uber Tanzania officials also rejected to give details of the payments.