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Jinja City Collaborates with Kiira EV to Promote Electric Transport

Feasibility studies have identified Jinja city center, Jinja-Iganga highway, and Jinja-Lugazi road as the pilot routes for the electronic buses before expanding to other destinations.
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Jinja city authorities have partnered with Kiira EV to promote electric transport in the city as a solution to growing traffic congestion and air pollution caused by increasing numbers of second-hand fuel-powered vehicles. The collaboration aims to introduce green means of transport and establish a green transport system that can be expanded to other parts of the country. 

Allan Muhumuza, the team leader of Mobility at Kiira Motors Corporation, announced on Thursday that the project is still in its planning stages. Feasibility studies have identified Jinja city center, Jinja-Iganga highway, and Jinja-Lugazi road as the pilot routes for the electronic buses before expanding to other destinations. 

The buses currently have a mileage of 300 kilometers after a full charge, and Jinja city authorities have been tasked with providing suitable land for charging stations and a modern depot for efficient bus charging and maintenance. Jinja city authorities are required to determine viable routes for the pilot project, develop a well-researched transport master plan, and provide accurate scientific data on the population's transport needs. 

The Science and Technology Minister, Monica Musenero, highlighted Jinja city's strategic location and its potential for attracting investment and creating employment through the transformation of the transport sector. Musenero emphasized that the project would involve training and employment opportunities for drivers and conductors in the current Jinja city transport sector. 

Electronic buses are cost-effective with lower servicing costs, and efforts are being made to collaborate with private sector partners to enable current taxi owners to access the buses through credit-based saccos (savings and credit cooperatives).   

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1st Deputy Premier Rebecca Kadaga encouraged Jinja city leaders and stakeholders to embrace the project, emphasizing its potential to create jobs for the youth in various roles within the new transport system. Jinja City Mayor Peter Kasolo expressed support for the project and highlighted the need for effective implementation plans to prevent misinformation and ensure its successful rollout to the wider population.

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