KAMPALA – The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has hailed the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) for having located the motor plant in Busoga region, something she said is a spiral effect of jobs for local people.
Kadaga who pledged her continued support had on Saturday, March 14 visited Kiira Motors Plant, the local makers of electric motor vehicles.
Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is located in the Jinja Industrial and Business Park in Kagogwa village, Kakira Town Council, in Jinja district.
The speaker also lauded President Museveni for having heeded a Parliamentary request and reinstated the Science and Technology ministry
“I want to thank the President for his foresight to establish National Enterprises Corporation (NEC) and Kiira Motors. I want assure Kiira Motors and [the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation] Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye that you have my support,” she said during the visit on Saturday 14 March 2020.
Kadaga encouraged the people present to invest in the growing of bamboo out of which the floor of the Kayoola EVS, one of the products of KMC, is made.
During the visit, the Speaker took a ride on one of the buses from the Source of the Nile to Kagogwa.
KMC working with China High-Tech Corporation has two Kayoola EVS buses, which currently providing selected shuttle services.
The Director-General of the Busoga Consortium for Development, Anthony Mula, thanked the Speaker for pushing for the project to grow and appealed to the firm to employ more locals.
He also appealed to the government to locate more industries in Busoga, which he said has plenty of unutilized land.
The Permanent Secretary, MSTI, David Obong, commended Kiira Motor’s dedication to the project and said he looks forward to the commissioning of the site.
He appealed to the government to provide more funds so the project, which has now stalled.
The Executive Chairman of the Project, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri, appealed to government to provide Shs49.5 billion and 2sq miles of land required for testing of their products.
KMC is expected to create over 14,000 jobs.