- Over 300 people are to be employed from the local communities during implementation of the project
- Last year government approved the feasibility study for setting up the Kiira Vehicle Plant and approved a seed fund of Shs 143.7 Billion for its implementation across a four-year period
- So far, Shs 24 Billion was approved for the financial year 2018/19 under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation budget
By Moses Sserwanga
Kampala- The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr David O.O Obong has expressed confidence that Kiira Motors Ltd will deliver a world class vehicles production plant at the Jinja industrial and business park.
“I am confident that the talented team at Kiira Motors in partnership with the UPDF Engineering Brigade under National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) and other consultants on the project will prove wrong- the doubting Thomases,” he said.
“I cherish team work and together we are going to deliver to the Ugandan people one of the best car production plants. Kiira Motors and NEC have developed capabilities to put in place a good facility. To make history and I want to be part of that success story,” Obong, a seasoned technocrat who said he doesn’t associate himself with failure, stated.
The Permanent Secretary was on Friday inspecting the on-going construction works at the multibillion facility the first of its kind in Uganda. At the site in Kagogwa, Mutai, Jinja district, he was joined by the Kiira Motors, Executive Chairman Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, the Chief Executive Officer, Paul Isaac Musasizi, General Manager NEC, Brian Buhanda and Dr. Kariko Buhwezi, the CEO Technology Consults Ltd- the firm that is supervising the car plant.
Obong said that the Kiira Vehicles Plant is one of the key projects of great national importance that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is implementing and it should be given support by all Ugandans.
“The Kiira Motors car plant is in line with government’s vision 2040. And once completed it will create jobs for many people. Government has placed emphasis on the promotion of science and technology to ensure social economic transformation of the country.”
Progress of on-going works
While giving a brief about the progress of the on-going works at the Plant’s site, Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi, the Kiira Motors CEO, informed the PS that the construction and installation of a 3.7km long 33kv electricity line connecting the Kiira Vehicle Plant Site to the national
electricity grid is completed together with the construction and installation of a 5.4km long 6- inch water pipeline connecting the plant site to the municipal water supply line.
Musasizi further explained that detailed design specifications and bills of quantities for the Kiira Vehicle Plant start up facilities with the initial installed capacity of 5,000 vehicles per year were developed and approved by relevant authorities.
The Startup facilities at the plant will include the assembly shop, office block, circulation roads, power and water distribution systems, waste management facilities, fence and gate facilities, drainage system and key vehicle test tracks.
Kiira Motors in January 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UPDF ‘s National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), to provide a framework for the construction of the Kiira Vehicle Plant Start-Up facilities at the plant site. The agreement is based on the Force Account Mechanism provided for under Section 95 (A) of the Public Procurement Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Act, 2003 (as amended).
What it means
In legal terms, the force account mechanism is a means of undertaking works of a Procuring and Disposing Entity using the personnel and equipment of the Procuring and Disposing Entity of another procuring and disposing Entity. In other words, it is not a method of procurement but a method of executing works.
Construction works started in February 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by June
- Security has been deployed on site by the Uganda Police working closely with the UPDF.
Kiira Motors has also signed a contract with Free Construction Ltd, to open up key roads at Kiira Vehicle Plant Site which will include a dual carriage principal road – 2.44km long and classified Road – 350m long).
The writer is a communication and media consultant/trainer and Advocate of the High Court.