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Uganda to produce cars by 2018

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Prof Sandy Stephen Tickodri, the principal investigator of the Kiira EV project (L), shakes hands with the Minister of State for Industry, Dr James Shinyabulo-Mutende, over the new car made by Makerere students during the launch of the Kiira Motor Corporation in Jinja District yesterday. PHOTO BY DENNIS EDEMA 

By Abubaker Kirunda

Posted  Thursday, May 15   2014 at  20:19

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Industry. Government has warned Kiira Motors Corporation and China Engineering Ltd against producing poor quality cars.

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Uganda Investment Authority has commissioned two companies to start car production in the country by 2018.
The companies are Kiira Motors Corporation owned by Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and China Engineering Limited.

They have been allocated 100 and 60 acres of land respectively in Kagogwa village in Kakira Town Council, Jinja District.
Speaking during the hand over ceremony of the land in Jinja District yesterday, the acting executive director for Uganda Investment Authority, Dr Francis Ssebowa, warned the companies against producing poor quality cars.

“We are giving you this land today with a hope of getting the best car products that will be admired by every one in the world,’’ he said.
He said the government expects to get revenue and employment for its people in the factories being created.

Dr Ssebowa said the China-based company has been limited to production of only pick-up cars to avoid unnecessary competition.