- The start up assembly plant in Jinja will be handle 5000 cars per year because of abundant market in East Africa
- The Kiira EV car was made out of the resources within Uganda
- It is now undergoing marketing especially targeting the East African markets
- The locals in West Nile were awed by the level of technology that was generated by their ‘own’ Togboa Tickodri
West Nile- Huge queues of people lined up to welcome the Ugandan made Kiira EV car, the Beast as it was driven for marketing purposes in the region.
People had to wait for the car at Pakwach bridge, the gate way to West Nile on Thursday. The LC5 Chairman for Pakwach district, Steen Omito mobilized the communities to receive the car. In Nebbi several people also thronged the place where the car was parked to have a glance at the car.
While in Arua on Friday morning, many of the boda boda cyclists abandoned their business to catch a glimpse of the car that was parked and driven later around Arua Hill grounds.
During the press conference, Prof Tickodri-Togboa Togboa, said: “We built a bus so that it can address the transportation problems. We also want to use the local resources that is available. Government has approved its commercialization process and started building assembly plant in Jinja.”
The car uses both battery and fuel. He said at the moment, the concept car is yet for exhibition.
“The children coming after me should do better than me in technology. They should be inspired and develop the skills in technology. We wanted to see if we can train our people in the universities so that when they come out, they can produce goods and not theoretical.”
Ms Grace Adiru, a resident of Arua town, who was excited by seeing the cars, said the technology will now enable many youths to join automotive industry. “I could not believe that this car was made in Uganda until I got the explanation from the officials. This should be a starting point for our Ugandan youths to embrace so that more cars can be produced in Uganda,” she said.
Through Kiira EV, the automotive industry is hoping to utilize the natural resources that is available in this country. The Ministry of Science and Technology was formed in order to promote the technology in the country.
At Pakwach, pupils had to abandon their classes and followed the car for about two kilometers as they admired the technology. This could later become inspirational for them especially when they proceed with their education to the university level.
Later on, the car was driven to Muni University because it is offering courses that are inclined to technology in order to inspire the students to improve on their skills.