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.