Gen Salim Saleh over the weekend flagged off Uganda’s Kayoola solar bus for the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).
UNEA-2 will take place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, under the overarching theme of Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Assembly, which represents the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will culminate in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today.
Kayoola is a green transport partner.
Kiira Motors a brainchild of Makerere University is a Presidential Initiative for automotive manufacturing in Uganda.
The Kiira Motors market entry will include Pickups, SUVs, Sedans, Light and Medium Duty Trucks with production slated to start in 2018.
Uganda Media Centre has dismissed as false a report indicating that Kayoola bus which was launched today has just broken down minutes after the ceremony.
The bus was launched in February by President Yoweri Museveni at Kampala Serena Hotel.
“The government is committed to supporting scientists,” the president said at the launching ceremony.
“We are going to provide Shs500 billion for the Innovation Fund, which will support such projects.”
Kiira Motors’ chief executive Paul Isaac Musasizi told BBC he hopes that it will generate employment, predicting that by 2018, more than 7,000 people could be directly and indirectly employed in the making of the Kayoola.
The 35-seat bus is intended for urban areas rather than inter-city use because of the restrictions on how far it can travel.