While Mbale RDC Pamela Watuwa said beginning to manufacture buses in fulfillment of government's industrialization policy that for increasing youth employment and boosting exports, Ronald Owembale and his fellow boda boda riders said that after buses, they now expect Kiira Motors to start making aircrafts.
There was excitement in Mbale City town as residents and the business community turned-up in big numbers to have a glance at the Kayoola
At around 6:00PM on Friday, Kayoola Diesel Coach, which was built by Kiira
Motors Corporation and Luweero Industries, a military institution, emerged from
Soroti city to enter Mbale City and started making rounds within town as it made stop
overs in the major streets within.
The locally-designed and built diesel-powered bus which was on road test drives in the region
left city dwellers excited with many grabbing photo moments while others
cheered on saying the country has really developed if it can produce buses.
The dark grey 47-seater bus Reg No UBJ-720H that was made by Kiira
Motors Corporation -KMC, the state enterprise spearheading the making of vehicles
in Uganda and the Luweero Industries, a military institution.
At every stopover, the Resident City Commissioner
would call on the people in that particular area to have a glance at the bus,
they would enter to have a feel of the luxurious interior with reclining leather seats, footrests, a lavatory, foldable tables, WiFi and
“Members come in and feel the inside of this bus, it is
ours, it is locally made here in Uganda” Pamela Watuwa, the Mbale City RDC
called on the residents at all stopovers.
Anthony Mutenyo, the Chairperson of Mbale Trucks Association
on Naboa Road, said it is good for the country to produce such precious things.
He said the production of Buses in the country will reduce on the cost of transport
in the country.
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Ronald Owembale, a boda boda rider and his friends said that since the
country has started manufacturing buses, they now await to hear that they are also
producing aircrafts. He said the job done is commendable.
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Ahamada Shaga, and Bashir Silikye all residents within the
City expressed joy for seeing the Kayoola bus. They said the bus awesome and so
luxurious and that they expect more things in the country and that such things
will benefit the youths especially those unemployed.
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Hakim Watenyeli, said this is an indicator the country is developing at a
higher speed but he wants assurance that the company manufacturing the buses is wholly owned by
Ugandans to avoid the repatriation of profits by foreigners, money that
would have helped to develop and grow the county.
//Cue in: “Bus weba nga…
Cue out:…amawanga agebwelu amalala”//
Pamela Watuwa, the Mbale RDC, told
journalists during the drive that the manufacturing of the bus in the country
is an indicator that the country is geared towards securing the future of its
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.