Mondo Ride Commences Operations in Uganda

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In short
Mondo Ride joins other companies like Uber, Taxify, Friendship Taxi and Quick Taxi that are operating in the Ugandan market. It is active in five cities across Africa, including Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Mondo Ride, a multinational online transportation network company has started its operations in Uganda, Uganda Radio Network has learnt. Victor Ochieng, the Country Manager, Mondo Ride says they launched their operations in Uganda in February this year.
 
 
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The company provides Taxi hire services, which can be accessed through the Mondo ride mobile app. Developed Soft mills Technology Internationa in 2013, the App provides commuting Taxi services with a single click to move around the city. Travelers request for transport through their smart phones, which is routed to drivers attached to the company. Mondo Ride is available on Android and iOS.
 
 
Mondo Ride joins other companies like Uber, Taxify, Friendship Taxi and Quick Taxi that are operating in the Ugandan market. It is active in five cities across Africa, including Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. 
 

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Mondo Ride was founded by Troels Andersen with funding from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt in 2015. It commenced its operations in Dubai and subsequently moved to Kenya in February 2016, to Tanzania in 2017 and in February 2018 it hit the Ugandan Market. 
 
Ochieng says Mondo connects passengers with drivers in their locality in the shortest amount of time and guarantees the safety and comfort of the passenger. Unlike the other taxi companies, Mondo Ride has ventured into both taxi and Boda Boda.
 
A total of 350 drivers have so far been recruited in and around Kampala. Ochieng says they entered the Ugandan market to streamline boda boda transport, which is unstructured.

 
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One requires either a car or a licensed motorcycle with 3rd party insurance, a National Identity Card, KCCA permit and a smart phone to be able to enroll with Mondo Ride.
 
Once approved, a boda boda rider receives a reflector jacket and two helmets. Ochieng, however, says that a survey they carried out in Kampala shows that majority of Boda Boda riders don't own smart phones.  He says the company is still dicussing how to provide boda boda riders with smart phones on loans.
 
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Asked on how they ensure safety of the passengers, Ochieng said Mondo Ride works in partnership with Castor Vali, a London based security risk Management Company with regional operations Centre in Kenya to do background checks on all drivers. 
 
He says the company provides a comprehensive travel security advice to Mondo Ride clients and guidance supported by 24/7 emergency response.  
 
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Mondo ride fares


Mondo ride standard fares for a taxi currently stand at Shillings 1100 as a base price and they charge Shs700 per kilometer and Shs.100 per minute. The base price is the innitial amount passengers pay once they chose to use Mondo ride.

The minimum fare on a Boda Boda is Shs4000 with a base of Shs750 while they charge Shs.70 per minute and Shs350 per KM. Ochieng says they are also exploring the option of introducing corporate taxi services for companies. 
  

 

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