The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is set to procure Kayoola buses from local manufacturers, Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) to address the challenge of traffic congestion in the city.
Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi and her deputy Benny Namugwanya together with the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye and Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi held a closed-door meeting with a team from Kiira Motors Corporation.
In January this year, Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) announced that their Kayoola EVS buses are ready for primetime. On May 23, 2020, Kayoola EVS buses hit Kampala streets.
While giving his Ministry’s performance report on May 23, 2020, in regards to pledges made in the 2016 NRM election manifesto, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye hailed the development of Kayoola buses saying that Innovation’s fund dropped significantly but Kayoola was one of the key successes.
He added that a lot has been achieved including transitioning from Kiira vehicle project into Kiira Motors Corporation.
Two Kayoola buses with one assembled at Luweero Industries Limited have been in use, providing select shuttle services including the airport transfer of delegates during the Europe-Uganda Business Summit in March 2020.
The Kayoola bus, Elioda said, has an operating cost of 320 shillings per kilometer as compared to diesel bus with a cost per kilometer of Shs 1,670.