Kayoola bus towed after being launched


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 Tuesday afternoon by President Yoweri Museveni at Kampala Serena Hotel.

The bus, designed by Kiira Motors Corporation, uses solar energy.

“The government is committed to supporting scientists,” the president said at the launching ceremony.

“We are going to provide UGX500 billion for the Innovation Fund, which will support such projects.”

The president even lashed at opposition leaders for saying Uganda’s education system was watered down.

In a short while after its launch, the bus was driven from Serena and towed along Kira road.

Pictures show a breakdown along Kira road trying to tow the solar bus which, according to social media reports, got a mechanical problem.

Contrary to the rumours, Media Centre’s Emma Were says the bus didn’t break down as claimed.

“It didn’t breakdown. It was towed to avoid jam,” Were said, rubbishing the rumour.

She added: “That was planned by the way.”

Were said by International standards, “they are not supposed to be driven. If you were at Namboole when they first brought it out, they did the same”.

Kiira Motors’ Kayoola prototype electric bus was shown off at a stadium at the start of the month.

Its Uganda’s pride invention and the first of its kind in Africa.

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.

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