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Kiira Motors gets another global nod



Dagmar Zwebe, the country representative for Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), has pledged to support Kiira Motors Corporation’s (KMC) efforts to partner with global industry leaders to champion green mobility technologies in Uganda and Africa.

Accompanied on tour of the Kiira Vehicles Plant site in Jinja by Dr Abraham Muwanguzi from the National Planning Authority (NPA), Zwebe gave her nod of approval for the “great strides” Kiira Motors has made in offering homemade green mobility solutions for public transport in cities and urban centers in Uganda, the East African region and the African continent.

She said as GGGI moves to link KMC with possible international partners involved in electric vehicles manufacturing and funding, it is imperative for the government of Uganda to fast-track the development and implementation of a robust Automotive Industry Development Policy.

“We need an enabling policy environment to develop Uganda’s nascent automotive industry,” she stressed.

Already, GGGI is supporting the government of Uganda to pursue green economic growth and to mainstream green growth principles. GGGI received a grant of US$ 5,532,1791 from the European Union to implement a 36-month project aimed at greening Uganda’s urbanization and industrialization as part of the European Union’s Inclusive Green Economy Uptake Programme (GreenUP) financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).

At Kiira Vehicles Plant site, Zwebe was received by a team of senior technocrats from the ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) led by the director, Technopreneurship, Basil Ajer.

Others present were Arthur M. Makara, commissioner, ST&I Advancement and Outreach, Paul Okitoi, commissioner, Policy and Planning, Morris Ochen, assistant commissioner, Technology Uptake, Commercialization and Enterprise Development and Kiira Motors CEO, Paul Isaac Musasizi. 

The MOSTI team also conducted an on-the-spot tour of the plant site to update themselves on the progress of the construction works.

Ajer said MOSTI is facilitating local content participation across the automotive value chain by skilling Ugandans and supporting Ugandan innovators especially the youth. He thanked the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) and the UPDF engineering brigade for the good quality construction works exhibited at the vehicles plant, which will be one of the biggest in Africa.  

Musasizi told the visitors that the immediate need for buses in Uganda can be addressed by KMC working with Luweero Industries Limited to produce eight buses per month with a single shift operation before the operationalization of the Kiira Vehicle Plant in Jinja.

Cabinet has since directed KCCA to procure the eco buses from Kiira Motors Corporation as a condition for approving the loan from African Development Bank.

He said that the ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation commissioned a multi-sectoral taskforce comprising members from the ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation; Works and Transport; Trade Industry and Cooperatives; and Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

“The taskforce has drafted the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Automotive Industry in Uganda and the Automotive Industry Policy. The next stage is stakeholder consultations. The Policy’s goal is 20 per cent value addition in the automotive industry in Uganda by 2030, up from the estimated 0.18 per cent in 2019,” he stated.

Representatives from the newly created Jinja City, Charles Nampendho, the Senior Physical Planner, and Ernest Nabihamba, said plans are underway to construct and improve the road network to and from the plant. They commended KMC for producing the Kayoola electric buses, noting that sustainable mobility technologies was the way for public transport in cities and urban centers.  

Lt Col Wilbroad Muhwezi and Maj Eng Geofrey Kayima, who are overseeing the UPDF construction works at the plant, said the UPDF engineering brigade was building the Kiira Vehicles facility “with the heart of ownership”, since it is a professional people’s army.

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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