A bus manufactured by Kiira Motors during road testing in 2020.

In 2020, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni banned importation of buses last year.

The President said Government-owned Kiira Motors Corporation would take over the market.

Kiira Motors and partners said they planned to produce and deploy 1,030 buses by end of 2021, 50 of which would be electric.

But Mr Museveni last month offered the deal of assembling buses for public transport to Metu Bus Africa, an indegenous company that has also ventured into the business of assembling buses and coaches.

Metu buses will be deployed in greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.

But now, Kiira Motors Corporation says it will only deliver 10 buses by end of the year, a paltry one percent of the more than 1,000 buses they had promised.

Mr Allan Muhumuza, the Director of Marketing and Sales at Kiira Motors, says the 10 buses will be delivered to Tondeka Metro and RentCo Africa who made the orders.

“The 10 buses will be delivered this year towards modernization of public transport in our city,” Muhumuza says.

“This order is purely private sector led through partnership with Tondeka Metro and RentCo Africa,” he adds.

Kiira Motors’ plan had been that its Kiira Vehicle Plant in Jinja would be completed by the end of July (last month) with assembly of buses starting immediately after.

The plant has not been completed. Its completion schedule has been pushed to the end of this year.

Kiira Motors Plant in Jinja that is still undergoing construction. PHOTO/COURTESY

Lt. Gen. James Mugira, the Managing Director National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) which is undertaking the construction of the plant last week said work has slowed down because of delayed government funding.

Government has only released 80billion shillings out of the 143 billion shilling approved by the cabinet in 2018.

Kiira Motors already has three buses (one electric and two diesel) working, which were developed through technology transfer with CHTC China High Tech Corporation.

According to Kiira Motors, the buses were built with support from National Enterprise Corporation through its subsidiary, Luweero Industries Limited. It is where more buses to be supplied to Tondeka by end of this year are being assembled.

The state enterprise’s long plan is to produce 30,000 buses for the regional market with 65 percent of parts and components localized by 2030. These buses will be supplied to Tondeka Metro, RentCo and Golden Dragon, the company says.