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First electric buses arrive in December

Kayoola bus

Kayoola bus

In December, KCCA will begin experimenting with a public transportation system in the capital, Kampala using two Kiira Motors Corporation electric buses.

Paul Isaac Musasizi, the Kiira Motors Corporation chief executive officer, said in an exclusive interview with The Observer, that the KMC electric buses project is underwritten by a Chinese technology partner tailored largely to provide solutions to transportation challenges in the city.

Kampala’s transportation challenges, he said, include; rapid growth in motor traffic, increasing air pollution caused by car gas emissions and a lack of adequate infrastructure.

“The project is in line with KCCA’s Multi-Modal Urban Transport Master Plan 2018/2040 designed to guide the development of a sustainable transport system in Kampala,” Musasizi said.

He said the pilot Eco Bus service will use dedicated lanes covering the ring road from the Constitutional Square–Nakawa-Ntinda via Stretcher Road-Bukoto-Mulago-Wandegeya and back to the Constitutional Square.

“It will initially cover 16 kms with 100 Eco-Buses that will be increased to 500 to cover the entire Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area. The project will receive financing through a highly concessional facility from the African Development Bank,” he added.

Greater Kampala covers among other areas, Wakiso, Mukono and Entebbe. KMC is a state enterprise, established to undertake the commercialisation of the Kiira Electric Vehicle Project, championing the value addition in the domestic automotive industry for job and wealth creation.

The equity partners in KMC are; government of Uganda represented by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations with 96 per cent and Makerere University with 4 per cent.

joebahing@yahoo.com

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0 #1 Ssaka fred 2019-09-04 08:23
Good development,hope it stays that way.

I mean december
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0 #2 Jomo 2019-09-04 08:40
Lets hope their operations will be set up properly and professionally, and will not also be hijacked like Pioneer buses that now also take unscheduled "short-cuts" to avoid traffic jams, clamber over pavements, drop and pick up passengers anywhere/anyhow, and have basically become "giant matatus" on the roads!
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0 #3 Lakwena 2019-09-04 09:59
After all has been said and done, the damn thing is after all, a Chinese product Not Kiira Motor stuff!

In other words, the Chinese counterfeiters will take the credit and cash on it. And for Ugandans, we shall be left in the dust.
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+2 #4 Lysol 2019-09-04 20:59
Before one Amin, downtown Kampala had public transports which could cover over 25 miles away.

This is not even news. Last week it was about some cheap discount bomb (something) airlines.

Uganda is still a 3rd world country and M7 cannot even fix it after trying desperately for more than 33 years. Electric buses have been used in many counties for many years. Uganda needs new leaderships and direction.
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0 #5 Wainainchi 2019-09-05 03:19
Do not look into horses teeth.Congrsts Kiira motors.After Uganda Airlines another great a hiecemnet for Uganda.Toast!!!!!?usm9k
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0 #6 kabayekka 2019-09-05 10:03
What sort of experiment is this official trying to tell the public? One hopes it is a city that has done enough experiments with the pioneer buses, the matatu taxis and the boda-boda motorcyclists.

So then when is this Authority going to experiment with the commuter trains that are an everyday public transport system in many international cities all over the world?
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