How It Happened: M7 Launches Makerere Electric Car

2:00: Museveni inspects technology laboratories.

13:30: Museveni congratulates students and staff upon the Kiira EV success. He pledges more support.

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13:09: Museveni to address a huge gathering in the Conference Hall of Food and Science College a few minutes from now.

12:57pm: Museveni is given the electric car for test drive. He drives the magic car from Engineering College to Food and Science College.

Students and members of Makerere staff cheer him on. Prof Baryamureeba and Kagonyera cheer him on.

12:45: President Yoweri Museveni is getting a brief on how the magic Kiira EV was made.

12:30pm: President Yoweri Museveni arrives amidst tight security of Special Forces occupying about 20 cars. He is welcomed by Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera and his deputy Baryamureeba Venansius.

11:23am: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to arrive at Makerere University a few minutes from now.

The President’s office has communicated to the College officials saying the President is arriving shortly. Meanwhile, sickness slow music is blaring in the white tents where Museveni will address the gathering.

Hundreds of students are pouring in at the College grounds where the ceremony will be held. Special Forces are carrying out vigorous physical checks at all entry points of the College.

Our reporter Simon Mukama says students are excited. Museveni will as well lay a foundation stone of another structure being constructed a few yards away from the College.

8:01am: Students are barred from accessing the College of Engineering. All entrances are locked and manned by Special Forces.Sniffer dogs are brought in to comb the area of any explosives. White tents are erected in the College grounds.

THURSDAY: 7:30am: Police and Special Forces seal off The College of Engineering, help Design, order Art, Technology and Fashion. The parking yards of the College are barred from public and staff access.

On Wednesday, we broke the news on how President Yoweri Museveni would today visit Makerere University to take a close look at the recently-developed electric car.

Students at the famous College of Engineering, Design, Art, Technology and Fashion on Friday put the highly publicised Kiira EV car on public display during the ‘1st Annual Cedat Open Day.’

Museveni who was expected to officiate at the function communicated at the last minute he could not be available due to State duties.

However, on Monday, the President’s office telephoned the college head confirming Museveni would turn up tomorrow.

Makerere Engineering Association boss Jackson Byarugaba has today confirmed the development.

“The President will not only look at the electric car but also tour the college laboratories and other eye-catching projects such as MAKAPADS and cluster programmes,” he said.

He further stated that the College parking yards are out for bounds for staff and members of public.

The President, whose office funded the Kiira EV project and others at the tune of Shs5bn, is expected to arrive at 12pm.

The magic Kiira EV was manufactured by the College’s students a couple of months ago. It was successfully tested last month.

During the Cedat Open Day, students exhibited remote-controlled cars, fashion designs and other extra-ordinary equipment manufactured by tech wizards.

The electric car is capable of traveling 80km without being recharged.

In 2009, President Yoweri Museveni directed that the Faculty (now college) be given Shs25bn over a period of 5 years, meaning they bag Shs5bn per year.

The electric car project was initiated by Prof. Tickodri Togboa Sande (Deputy Vice Chancellor FOT) assisted by lecturers Paul Isaac Musasizi and Dominic Semukuttu.

The project was inspired by vehicle design summit (VDS), a brainchild of MIT in which a group of Technology students participated in building a hybrid vehicle prototype.

The research was triggered by the desire to innovate and impact society by applying current technologies in solving current transport and energy constraints.

The project’s backbone research was undertaken by a group of undergraduate students who included Richard Madanda ELE IV (Dealing with power electronics), Nasser Gyagenda MEC IV (Dealing with vehicle mechanics), Gerald Baguma TEL IV and Diana Kagimba TEL III and Patricia Atungire TEL IV( Dealing with control and data communication).

The magic car’s front-wheel drive has 18 horsepower, capable of shooting to a speed of 60km per hour.


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