By John Ogulei
Thousands of Soroti City residents on Thursday 11th March 2021 spent their evening enjoying the Ugandan made Kayoola Bus that stormed the town by surprise.
At around 05:10PM, Kayoola Diesel Coach, which was built by Kiira Motors Corporation and Luweero Industries, a military institution, emerged from Lira city enroute Karamoja but made a stopover at Soroti City headquarters. It then moved around town leaving city dwellers excited with others wishing to own the Ugandan made bus.
Residents like Abdul Olupot, Thomas Kenneth Ochero, Hendry Moses Otinga, who had a taste of sitting inside the bus told this website that the atmosphere inside the bus is adorable and wish to own buses made by Kiira Motors Corporation.
The Team commended the Government for supporting the initiative of Buy Uganda Build Uganda.
Mr Allan Muhumuza, the marketing manager for Kiira Motors Corporation, said, the bus consumes only 22 litres every 100kms and it has a tank that stores 500 litres with a reserve of 70 litres.
“You can go 2,000km with no need to refuel,” Muhumuza said.
Muhumuza added that the bus has an executive wing room and comfort.
“The bus is spacious with reclining 47 leather seats that have good leg room, swivel armrests, footrests, foldable tables, cup holders and USB charging pots. The Comfort is at the heart of the design. It is a bus that meets the requirements of travelers upcountry, across the border and tourists. The configuration of the seats can be increased up to 60 depending on a client’s choice,”Muhumuza said.
He further added that, the price of each bus unit is yet to be revealed to the public to determine whether it is competitive compared to the existing brands on the market.
Kiira Motors Corporation plans to produce 1,030 buses this year. The buses will be supplied to Tondeka Bus Service to operate in Kampala City.
The Soroti City Resident Commissioner, Robert Adiama Ekaju said the Kayoola buses help will save Uganda a lot of money that has been lost in purchasing buses from foreign countries.
“We should make Ugandans know that we need to support these products. We should support our own,” Adiama said.