PAKWACH. Thousands of revellers thronged Pakwach Bridge to welcome and have a glimpse of the Kiira motor car a first Ugandan-invented car as it commenced a two-day tour in West Nile.

The crowd comprising mainly of boda-boda riders, school children, traders and Pakwach district local government officials gathered at Pakwach bridge in a heavily controlled traffic jam guided by the police by 10 am to usher the car in the gateway into the region.

The arrival of the car paralysed business as traders and other people suspended other activities to take photos of the car.

Bodaboda riders 11 04 19Bodaboda riders and school children line along the road to welcome Kiira EV into West Nile at Pakwach. PHOTO BY GEOFFREY ACHORA.

Mr Paul Issac Musasizi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kiira motor cooperation said he is extremely excited by the heroic welcome.

"We can't believe this, this crowd is the biggest wherever we have been in Uganda, bigger than the political events, is a sign of appreciation of science and technology and innovation in Uganda the people are proud of, we are extremely excited", he said.

He said the aim of the tour to the West Nile region is to show the citizens the capability of a car made in Uganda and encourage the community to proudly buy the cars to promote their identity.

"We travelled over 300kms to here and this is a testimony that the car can give you value for money we are here to showcase to the people to see and appreciate what can be done in Uganda", Musazi said.

He said Ugandans will purchase the car on special order as they intend to start manufacturing the vehicles on a commercial basis.

Mr Robert Steen Omito, the Pakwach district chairman appreciated the innovation exhibited by the cooperation urging the invention to instil motivation in the learners for comprehensive technology in the country.

Mr Peter Albert, the product support engineer Kiira Motor cooperation said they are committed to offering quality not only to Ugandans but capture market in entire Africa in line with the mission of Kiira motor to be the best in class passage vehicle manufacturer in East and Central Africa by 2025.

Kiira Motor, an initiative of Makerere University supported through the presidential initiative for science and technology innovation to champion value addition in the domestic automotive industry for job creation and diversification of the economy.

It is designed with three concepts vehicles of "Kiira EV SMACK" Africa's first hybrid electric and Kayoola solar Bus, Africa's first solar electric bus.
The Kiira Motor car will tour Pakwach, Nebbi, Zombo and Arua for showcasing before heading back to Kampala.