Header advertisement
  • HOME
  • Business
  • MPs Call For Increased Funding of Kiira Motors
Title

MPs Call For Increased Funding of Kiira Motors

The Kayoola bus in Uganda will be using solar energy
The Kayoola bus in Uganda will be using solar energy

    By: Kim Aine

  • May 4,2016
  • 716 Viewed

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, http://contraboli.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php Tourism and Industry led by their Chairperson, http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/deprecated.php Ms Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro, have called for increased funding of Kiira Motors Corporation to ensure the manufacturing of cars in Uganda by 2018.

The MPs also pledged their support on the floor of Parliament to fast-track the development of a comprehensive policy and legal framework for the nascent automotive industry in Uganda.

“We pledge our support on the floor of Parliament to increase funding for this important national project to manufacture cars by 2018. Government should quickly come up with a policy and legal framework that will regulate the automotive industry in the country,” an excited Rwabuhoro stated.

She further pointed out that this would help government to empower local content and also boost the policy of “buy Uganda, build Uganda”.

Rwabuhoro and other members of the Parliamentary committee spent a day at Kiira Motors Corporation on May 2 to discuss ways of promoting the development of the automotive industry in Uganda and Kiira Motors corporation roadmap to manufacture cars by 2018.

The Chairperson urged the Kiira motors team to popularize the excellent work they are doing to drive the ‘Vehicles made in Uganda’ agenda that will immensely contribute to the economic transformation of the country.

The Vice Chairperson of the committee, Ms Grace Namara, said Parliament has made a provision of about Shs 10bn towards the development of the automotive industry in the next financial year 2016-2017.

Mr. Okot Odongo, the longest serving member on the committee with 20 years of service in Parliament, thanked the Kiira team for applying their vast knowledge and innovations to create a business case for manufacturing of cars in Uganda.

He however, called on the Kiira management and engineers to put out products that are locally and international competitive.

“Quality is going to be paramount if the Kiira vehicles are going to be competitive at the global stage.”

He advised that KMC should in the initial stages of its development, partner with an already established Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to ensure that car manufacturing becomes the biggest industry in Uganda.

“You should have empirical standards at every stage of development and your cars must be qualified and validated,” he stated.

Ms. Kevina Taaka, called upon the Kiira Motors management to expose their good work beyond Kampala so that vehicles made in Uganda becomes a truly national project.

“You should solicit for the support of the entire country and marketing of vehicles made in Uganda will become very easy,” she added.

Jobs

Earlier, while making a presentation to the committee, Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi, the Chief Executive Officer of Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) said that 12,000 direct jobs will be created at the capital expenditure phase and another 2,000 during the operation expenditure stage.

Musasizi said government, through the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) allocated 100 acres of land for the KMC car manufacturing plant located at UIA’s Jinja Industrial and Business Park.

He said that the cadastral and topographical survey; environmental impact assessment; and geotechnical analysis of the site have been completed.

The KMC CEO further  pointed out that  the Kiira Vehicle Technology Innovation Program has so far developed three concept vehicles; The Kiira EV, The Kiira SMACK, & the Kayoola Solar Bus.

The Kayoola Solar Bus, a heritage of African Science and Technology Innovation was launched by President Yoweri Museveni on 16th February 2016.

“This program has been supported by a wide spectrum of artisans, craftsmen and technicians especially in the informal manufacturing sector. These skilled personnel have demonstrated readiness for fabrication of vehicle seats, body building from metal and fibre glass, mechanical and electrical system physical integration,” he emphasised.

“And this is a true testament of the availability of a labour pool in Uganda capable of supporting the Automotive Manufacturing Industry.”

KMC, according to Musasizi, will support the creation of vital infrastructure for Uganda (Power Plants; Standard Gauge Rail; Roads; National Fibre Optics Infrastructure; among others) through creating significant demand for the related services.

Kiira Motors Corporation Ltd is owned by the government of Uganda through the Uganda Development Corporation 96 percent and Makerere University with 4 percent.  The Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) is the development arm of government.



# , #

Don't miss the stories AND LET'S go!!!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...
 
Related Articles

World Bank Group to Engage General Public, Showcase Bank Funded Projects in Open Day

The World Bank Group and Government of Uganda are set hold an Open Day for the general public on May 30, 2017. The event, “Partnering

CNOOC Uganda Awards Shs 28M to Best Performing students in Hoima District

CNOOC Uganda, an oil and gas company has recognized and awarded ninety (90) best Performing Hoima students at PLE, UCE and UACE level under its

Insurers Gather in Kampala to Discuss Industry Challenges

At least 1000 insurance professionals from all over the world are meeting in Uganda to share knowledge on how they can create opportunities for growth

UTL’s Top-dollar Expatriates Dodged NSSF Contributions

Most of the top expatriates earning top dollar at the Uganda Telecom did not pay contributions to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), underscoring the

Parliament Clears UCC’s Mutabazi Over UTL Business

The Parliamentary Investigation into the management and performance of Uganda Telecom (UTL) has exonerated Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi of any wrongdoing

Parliament: Auditor General Didn’t Audit UTL Until It’s on Its Knees

A Parliamentary inquiry has partly blamed the Auditor General for absconding from his duty, leading to Uganda Telecom’s (UTL) financial meltdown that could see billions

Museveni, Magufuli Sign Hoima-Tanga Pipeline Deal

President Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart, John Pombe Magufuli have signed the agreement to construct the 1,400 Km Hoima-Tanga pipeline. This was at a colourful

IFAD Conference to Discuss Inclusive Finance as a Driver of Rural Transformation

Policy makers and development partners are set to meet in Kampala next week to find ways of expanding access to fimancial services for people living

URA Collects 70% of Revenue Despite Economic Slowdown

Uganda Revenue Authority has released its 9 month revenue collection performance between July 2016 and March 2017 reporting a 13.5% growth in revenue compared to

Uganda Shortlists 4 Investors for Oil Refinery

At least 4 investors have been shortlisted for the development of the oil refinery in Uganda. This came after negotiations with the selected Refinery Development


Header advertisement
Header advertisement

Header advertisement
Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!
Latest News

Header advertisement

UCC Hackathon: Innovators Compete to Develop Public Transport Solutions

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has Wednesday brought together develo... (Read More)

Kadaga Warns Against Media Briefings at Parliament after Tortured Soldier Saga

The Speaker of the 10th Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has Wednesday strongly warned... (Read More)

Muslims Urged to Lookout for the Moon

By Ibrahim Byakika The Director of Sharia Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Sheikh Y... (Read More)

Works Minister Katumba Wamala Reassures Ugandans on SGR Construction

The Minister of State for Works, Gen. Katumba Wamala has commended the progress ... (Read More)

Busoga Bishop Naimanhye Warns Churches, Flock on Pilgrims

As Christians from all corners of the world trek from their respective churches,... (Read More)

Abolish Tribal Clan Courts – CSOs

Civil society activists in the Lango sub region have called for the abolition of... (Read More)

IFAD President to Visit Uganda Amid Surge in Refugees

At a time when nearly one million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Ugan... (Read More)

Anger As Lira Municipality Spends UGX 800m To Fix Shoddy Works On Two New Roads

Residents of Lira municipality are protesting a decision by authorities to spend... (Read More)

Court Orders Fresh Hearing Of Kibale County Elections Petition

Three judges of the Court of Appeal, Remmy Kasule, Egonda Ntende and Alfonse Owi... (Read More)

Rugby Cranes to Headline PRAU Run

The Uganda Rugby Cranes are set to prepare for their busy international fixtures... (Read More)

Politics

DP Women Launch Human Rights Sensitization Week

The Democratic Party Women’s League yesterday launched what they called a mass... (Read More)

 

Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!
Special Reports

Parliament: Auditor General Didn’t Audit UTL Until It’s on Its Knees

A Parliamentary inquiry has partly blamed the Auditor General for absconding fro... (Read More)
Travel

A Weekend at the Lakeside of Nyabikere Crater

I was looking for peace, lots of nature and with a weekend escape from Kampala, ... (Read More)
Like Us on Facebook
Acquistare Cialis here.
Header advertisement