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Uganda bets on a dual manufacturing and public-transport revolution

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Friday, 23 April 2021 21:33

Kiira Motors's Kayoola Diesel Coach © Kiira Motors Corporation

What started as a student’s project in 2007 at Uganda's Makerere University, has progressively transformed into an automobile manufacturing plant.

Kiira Motors, a government-owned automotive enterprise is set to assemble 1,030 buses by end of 2021.

But the success of the plant depends on having a market for its products. That is where the government comes in. It has banned the importation of buses and awarded a contract to little-known local company Tondeka to run a bus rapid transit for the capital city, Kampala.