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Kasese to Get Bus Assembling Plant

Metu Katabazi, the Chairperson of Metu Zhongtong Bus Company is optimistic that in the next five years, the company will be able to build capacity to manufacture over 100 buses.
Minister Ecweru at the ground breaking ceremony for the bus construction in Kasese by Metu Zhongtong Bus Company Ltd

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Metu Zhongtong Bus Company is to construct a bus assembling plant in Kasese District.

The USD 50 Million project is expected to produce automobiles and machinery, tourists and school buses. The new automobile plant in Kasese is projected to create over 2000 direct and indirect jobs when it starts full operations next year.

Metu Katabazi, the Chairperson of Metu Zhongtong Bus Company hopes that the business will expand to regional and international markets.

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Katabazi says that he is optimistic that in the next five years, the company will be able to build capacity to manufacture over 100 buses.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the plant on Monday, the State Minister for Works and Transport, Musa Ecweru asked UNRA to speed up ground leveling of the Industrial Park for the investors to kick start assembling their machines and warehouses.

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Ecweru further said the government was ready to improve the road network across the region to fully utilize all opportunities that come with the industrial park.

The State Minister for ICT and National Guidance Godfrey Kabyanga asked for procurement of more land to expand the industrial park.  Kabyanga says the current 213 acres allocated to host the industrial park has already been taken by prospective investors.

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The LCV Chairperson Kasese Eliphaz Muhindi called asked the people of Kasese to tap from the existence of the park through providing labour and other services including food.

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Engineer Rachael Ngonzibwa, the UNRA South Regional Manager UNRA says they will have two months to level the ground in the park.

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In October last year, President Yoweri Museveni directed for a ban on the importation of buses, saying that Uganda now can produce for the local market. Uganda has two known bus factories, one being the Metu Zhongtong Bus Company Ltd and the other is Kiira Motors owned by the Kiira Motor Corporation, KMC, which is constructing a production plant in Jinja.

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