The Kiira Motor Vehicle project could soon become a reality after government last week embarked on the construction of the assembly plant in Kakira Town Council, Jinja District.
The project, which is expected to cost Shs63 billion, is being undertaken by National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) and the UPDF engineering brigade.
During a tour of the project last week, this website found excavators, backhoe loaders, bulldozers and motor graders at the site which covers 182 acres. A power sub-station has been set up at the site that will power the station.
Mr Paul Isaac Musasizi, the Kiira Motors Corporation chief executive officer, said the first phase of operations is expected to be complete in about two years’ time. The facilities include key vehicle test centers, fences, office blocks, power and distributions systems among others.
He added that on completion, the plant will have a capacity to assemble 5,000 vehicles every year in its first phase.
The cars that will be made include pickups, compact SUVs, sedans, light and medium duty trucks and buses.
Mr Allan Muhumuza, the project business development manager, said the project is expected to catalyze investment by small and medium enterprises in the manufacture of vehicle parts and components such as batteries, brake pads, seats, bolts and nuts, bumbers vehicle electronics, navigation system among others.
“At the start up investment, the project is estimated to create 940 jobs and at the fully operational, it will create 2000 direct employment and 12,000 indirect jobs. The project will also increase demand for utilization of natural resources such as steel, plastics from oil and gas among others,” he said.
The vehicle plant masterplan will include 6,000sqm assembly shop, 3,000sqm multi-purpose ware house, 1,200 sqm plant office space, vehicle test facilities, waste management facility, vehicle park yard, storm water channel, energy centre ,main entrance gate ,3.6km perimeter face and 3 gates among others.
Kiira Motors Corporation is owned by government through Uganda Development Cooperation and Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and China Engineering Limited.