KIIRA MOTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS INAUGURATED BY MINISTER DR.ELIODA TUMWESIGYE TO MAKE MISSION VEHICLES MADE IN UGANDA A VIABLE -SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

  • Minister says Kiira Motors vehicles made in Uganda should be sold across Africa
  • Tasks Board Members to make Kiira Motors a viable ,successful  business
  • Sets targets  to have company listed on the stock exchange
  • Hails President Museveni for supporting Ugandan scientists and Kiira Motors in particular

A 13 member strong Board of Directors for Uganda’s Automotive Industry flagship Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) has been inaugurated in Kampala by the Minister of Science ,Technology and Innovation, (MoSTI) Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye.

The Kiira Motors Board of Directors comprises eminent Ugandans who have excelled in  different fields of expertise and they include , Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri who is the Executive Chairman, Mr. David Omara Oleke Obong Permanent Secretary MoSTI, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe -the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University ,Mr. Yusuf Kiranda Ag. Makerere university Secretary , Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi- the CEO KMC, Mr. Basil Ajer- Director at MoSTI, Mr. Ronald Rwankangi , Rev. Sister Mary Grace Akiror, Ms. Aisha Naiga, Eng. Henry Alinaitwe, Ms. Christine Sekyana, Ms. Yudaya Babirye and Dr. Charles Barugahare.

“ I commission you to be the champions of building of an indigenous motor vehicle industry in Uganda while ensuring that you collectively direct the company’s affairs, while meeting the interests of the shareholders and other key stakeholders,” Dr. Tumwesigye said.

The minister asserted that the new board the first to be appointed for Automotive Industry Captains- Kiira Motors has a duty to 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 chain.

“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 while appreciating  the visionary leadership of President Yoweri Museveni who has given enormous support to Uganda’s scientists ,innovators and Kiira Motors in particular.

Dr. Tumwesigye added ; “The opportunities to commercialize the innovations at Kiira Motors Corporation have never been brighter than now. These opportunities include- the recent directive by  President Museveni  to stop the importation of buses.”

Other opportunities  are the African Development Bank supported project implemented by KCCA that among others seeks to produce 50 Eco- Buses (Electric Buses) which KMC can provide; the Proposal for KMC to manufacture 1,030 Buses (980 Diesel and 50 Electric) for the TDB (PTA Bank) supported Tondeka Metro Mass Transit Bus service for Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.   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.

Dr. Tumwesigye commended the Kiira Motors Executive Chairman ,  Pro.Tickodri-Togboa and CEO , Mr. Musasizi who have led a brave and committed team of innovators -working tirelessly to transform the company ‘s  revolutionary innovations and ideas  into commercial products . Kiira Motors ‘ fully electric buses -the Kayoola EVS and the Kayoola Diesel Coach are  now deployed to offer shuttle services for  the staff of Civil Aviation Authority .  Kiira Motors which is championing green mobility technologies in Africa- has developed, produced and deployed fully electric buses -the first of a kind in  the   East and Central Africa .

Dr. Tumwesigye told the new Board Members that Kiira Motors Corporation is a State Enterprise established to champion value addition in the nascent Motor Vehicle Industry in Uganda through Technology Transfer, Contract Manufacturing and Supply Chain Localization.

The Shareholders of Kiira Motors Corporation are the government of  Uganda represented by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation with  96% shareholding  and Makerere University which has  4% shares .

Company executives at KMC welcomed the board members who were approved by  Cabinet and said -that building the Indigenous Motor Vehicle Industry is consistent with Uganda’s aspirations and pathways to Vision 2040 which is articulated in the National Development Plan III and the NRM Manifesto 2021 – 2026.

The National Development Plan III allows for 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.

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 .

Speaking at the same occasion , a jovial  Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Science , Technology and Innovation, Mr. Obong O.O. David ,stated ;” I am confident that the new board is ready to take on the challenges ahead of the commercialization journey for Kiira Motors Corporation. More so, having evolved from a staff and students’ extra curricula activity at Makerere University, into a national program championing Value Addition in the Domestic Automotive Industry for job creation and diversification of the economy in line with NDP III and Vision 2040.”

The Executive Chairman ,Prof. Tickodri thanked  the top leadership at the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation led by Dr. Tumwesigye and PS Obong for their technical support and guidance in establishing a solid governance structure at Kiira Motors .

Prof .Tickodri said the Board’s priorities will be guided by the strategic objectives for Kiira Motors Corporation which   are to develop, make and sell Motor Vehicles & Vehicle Components for the African market;  provide design, software development, engineering and testing services to the Global Automotive Industry and Adjacent Industries (Electronics, Aerospace, Agriculture, Medical Devices, Construction etc.).

Other components of Mission Vehicles Made in Uganda will include the support for the establishment of efficient, integrated, safe and inclusive public transport systems;  advance development and adoption of Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric (CASE) vehicle technology in line with the automotive industry current and future trends; localize the Automotive Industry Supply Chain for domestic value addition; and provide policy advisory and advocacy for developing a sustainable business environment for building the indigenous motor vehicle industry in Uganda.

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MOSES SSERWANGA

Writer is a media and communications consultant And Advocate of the High Court of Uganda

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