(Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military has
signed an agreement with state owned Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC)
to construct a car assembly plant in the eastern part of the
KMC in a tweet on Thursday said the business
arm of the military, National Enterprise Corporation (NEC),
signed the memorandum of understanding that will see the
military construct Kiira Vehicle Plant start-up facilities at
the Jinja Industrial and Business Park.
The agreement was signed by KMC’s chief executive Paul Isaac
Musasizi and NEC’s Maj. Gen. James Mugira.
The military already assembles infantry fighting vehicles in
The agreement comes days after the road testing of the Kiira
EV, the company’s latest hybrid sedan vehicle.
Uganda last year resolved to start the commercial production
of motor vehicles after the process had stalled for years.
Cabinet in April 2018 directed the ministry of finance to set
aside over 5.6 million U.S. dollars this financial year to kick
start the construction of an assembly plant.
The idea of Uganda manufacturing cars started in 2011 when
students at the country’s Makerere University built the Kiira EV
(electronic vehicle) and Africa’s first solar-powered bus in
According to the Ugandan government, the car assembly project
would stimulate investment in the production of among others car
components, creating over 2,000 direct jobs and 12,000 indirect
Uganda government requests
claims over South Sudan payment arrears
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Cooperatives requested companies and individuals who supplied
goods and services to the South Sudan government to submit their
The ministry in a notice published on Tuesday said the
non-payment claims must be submitted to the ministry no later
than Jan. 31.
"Please note that claims for the period after December 2016
will not be considered," the notice said.
Ugandan traders supplied goods and services to the South
Sudan government but were not paid due to the outbreak of
conflict in December 2013.
The traders then petitioned the Ugandan government for its
intervention to save their businesses.
The debt owed to the traders totaled to 41 million U.S.
dollars, according to Uganda’s parliamentary committee on
The two governments entered into a mutual agreement which
could see Uganda clear the debt and treat it as a loan to the
government of South Sudan.