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Owners of the Tondeka Metro Bus Company paid a courtesy call on the speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga yesterday February 20.
The team led by the company’s board chairman Dr. Peter Kimbowa, has been carrying out various stakeholder engagements with a view of harmonizing and consolidating efforts that will lead to the provision of convenient, reliable, timely, and affordable urban bus transport services in the greater Kampala metropolitan area.
Dr Peter Kimbowa told the speaker that unlike past initiatives, the proposed transport infrastructure project will deliver five bus terminals, five depos and several park and ride facilities along the major arteries of Tondeka’s operational radius.
He said his team has extensively consulted with members of the public, Government local administrative units of Mukono, Wakiso, Entebbe and KCCA and was optimistic that when the operations of Tondeka begin, all parties concerned will be well aligned.
He revealed that Tondeka is a locally registered special purpose vehicle, owned by the existing Taxi Drivers Associations alongside Ugandan Business Entrepreneurs backed up by the Hinduja group, the world’s third biggest bus manufacturers, who have pledged to offer a turnkey solution.
“In the second phase of the project, the Hinduja group plans on cultivating synergies with Kiira Motors Corporation by having some units of buses locally assembled, a move that will have both forward and backward linkages,” Kimbowa said.
On her part, the Speaker of Parliament was happy to learn that Tondeka Metro Company had engaged all relevant stakeholders especially the existing taxi drivers and conductors associations saying it was important for Kampala to have an effective and efficient transport system.
Kadaga said that the involvement of Kiira motors in the second phase of the project would help build local capacity and further provide employment opportunities to many youth in the country.
The meeting was attended by taxi drivers and owners representatives, Mustafah Mayambala of UTRADA, Gad Mugisha of COTODA, Amanda Ngabirano; Director of Tondeka, Ortus Africa’s Dorothy Kabugo, the transaction advisors of Tondeka Project and Shubir Karia Hinduja groups representative in Uganda.
Late last year, KCCA disclosed its intention to acquire buses through various arrangements, which it said would help alleviate the problem of menacing traffic jams in the city.