The board that includes eminent personalities will be charged with the promotion of local manufacturing of motor vehicles, establishment of an efficient, integrated, sustainable, safe and inclusive public transport system and promotion of environmentally friendly transport solutions.
The first board of directors of Kiira Motors,
KMC has been inaugurated.
KMC was the first and so far, the only electric vehicle producing
company in Uganda and the continent of Africa.
The automotive industry and Kiira Motors, in particular, has been
set among the priority areas in the 5-year National Development Plan III that
will drive the industrialization of the economy.
The board that includes eminent personalities will be charged with
the promotion of local manufacturing of motor vehicles, establishment of an
efficient, integrated, sustainable, safe and inclusive public transport system
and promotion of environmentally friendly transport solutions.
The members of the board appointed last month include Prof. Sandy Stevens
Tickodri who is currently the Executive Chairman, David Omara Obong, Permanent
Secretary Ministry of Science, Technology and innovation, Prof. Barnabas
Nawangwe -the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University and Yusuf Kiranda Ag.
Makerere University Secretary.
The others are Paul Isaac Musasizi- the CEO of KMC, Basil Ajer-
Director at MoSTI, Ronald Rwankangi, Rev. Sister Mary Grace Akiror, Aisha
Naiga, Eng. Henry Alinaitwe, Christine Sekyana, Yudaya Babirye and Dr Charles
The outgoing Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Elioda Tumwesigye asserted
that the new board must ensure that the company’s innovations and products are
turned into a viable business that will lead to import substitution, create
jobs and wealth for millions of Ugandans across the automotive industry value
“We look forward to seeing Ugandan made vehicles driven
across the African continent and elsewhere in the world and have Kiira Motors
listed on the stock exchange,” Dr Tumwesigye stated.
The ministry said the company should take advantage of the recent
statement by President Museveni to stop the importation of buses so that the
market can rely on, and grow KMC.
"Other opportunities are the African Development Bank-supported
project implemented by KCCA that among others seeks to produce 50 Eco- Buses
(Electric Buses)", said Minister Tumwesigye.
There is also a proposal for KMC to manufacture 1,030 Bus
units, 980 of which will be Diesel and 50 Electric, Tondeka Metro Mass Transit
Bus service for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, funded by COMESA's PTA
"This project has an additional prospect of a long term
Technology Transfer and supply chain localization partnership with the Chinese
Company Golden Dragon for commercial production of 30,000 buses targeting the
regional market and reaching 65% auto parts localization by 2030."
Kiira Motors so far has two fully electric buses -the Kayoola EVS
and the Kayoola Diesel Coach in commercial service deployed to offer shuttle
services for the staff of the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Chief Executive Officer Paul Musasizi says the company
currently can produce 50 units per day, both diesel and electric, in
partnerships with Luwero Industries, a facility owned by the Uganda army.
Kiira Motors Corporation is 96% owned by the government through
the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, while the other 4% shares
are held by Makerere University.
Kiira Motors Corporation is currently leveraging government support and
goodwill to cement its position as a commercial vehicle Original Equipment
Manufacturer (OEM) and pioneers of electric mobility in the East African
region and the African content.
The Executive Chairman, Prof Tickodri said the Board's priorities
will be guided by the strategic objectives for Kiira Motors Corporation
which is to develop and make, sell Motor Vehicles and Vehicle Components
for the African market.
The other is to provide design, software development, engineering
and testing services to the Global Automotive Industry and Adjacent Industries
(Electronics, Aerospace, Agriculture, Medical Devices, Construction
Other components of Mission Vehicles Made in Uganda will include
the support for the establishment of efficient, integrated, safe and inclusive
public transport systems; advanced development and adoption of Connected,
Autonomous, Shared, and Electric (CASE) vehicle technology in line with the
automotive industry current and future trends, says KMC.
Without a board, the Ministry of Science, Technology, and
Innovation have been carrying out the role of establishing the governance and
management structures of KMC and providing policy guidance and oversight to the
young automotive industry.
In 2018 government approved the roadmap for the Kiira Vehicle
Plant and allocated 100 acres of land at the Jinja Industrial and Business
Park, and a capitalisation plan for the company to construct and equip the
plant. Construction is still on-going.