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President Museveni Receives Special Message from King of Eswatini and Explores Electric Bus Collaboration

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  • Earlier correspondence from the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Eswatini to the African Union to the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted Eswatini’s interest in President Museveni’s statements regarding Uganda’s electric bus manufacturing capabilities during the NAM and G77+China Summits in Kampala.
  • The Kingdom of Eswatini expressed interest in exploring mutual benefits from this project, aiming to establish a hub for marketing the buses in the SADC region, leveraging its proximity to the Maputo harbor for efficient shipping.

On May 3, President Museveni received a special message from His Majesty, Mswati III, the King of Eswatini. The message was conveyed by Eswatini Prince Lindani Nkosi during a sideline meeting with the President at State House-Entebbe, as stated by his office on Tuesday.

Accompanying Prince Nkosi to the meeting were Mr. Quillino Bamwine, the Consular General of the Kingdom of Eswatini in Kampala, and Hon. Sarah Opendi, Chair of the 2nd African Inter-Parliamentary Conference, which concluded on May 3 in Kampala.

During the meeting, Prince Nkosi delivered the King’s message, but discussions also reportedly touched upon South Africa’s willingness to collaborate with Uganda in the production and promotion of electric buses manufactured by the government-owned Kiira Motors Corporation.

President Museveni meeting the Eswatini delegation led by Prince Nkosi and Consular General Mr. Quillino

Prior to this meeting, Prince Nkosi visited the Kingdom’s Consular Offices at Serena, where he made an official entry in the book.

Earlier correspondence from the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Eswatini to the African Union to the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted Eswatini’s interest in President Museveni’s statements regarding Uganda’s electric bus manufacturing capabilities during the NAM and G77+China Summits in Kampala.

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The Kingdom of Eswatini expressed interest in exploring mutual benefits from this project, aiming to establish a hub for marketing the buses in the SADC region, leveraging its proximity to the Maputo harbor for efficient shipping.

Kiira Motors Corporation, based in Uganda, manufactures the “Kayoola EVS,” a fully electric, low-floor city bus designed for urban mass transit. The bus boasts a seating capacity of up to 90 passengers and a range of 300 kilometers on a full charge, suitable for daily urban operations.

Additionally, the Kayoola EVS coach is available in both electric and diesel variants. The diesel coach is equipped with a powerful 6-cylinder turbocharged intercooled Cummins engine, delivering over 375 horsepower and achieving a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour.

During their meeting, President Museveni and Consular General Bamwine also discussed tax policies affecting alcohol beverage manufacturers, which have led to increased prices and business downturns, prompting local investors to shift operations to Tanzania and Kenya due to more favorable tax regimes.

President Museveni expressed surprise at the tax policy and directed Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to address the matter with Mr. Bamwine, the Eswatini Consular General in Kampala, to find a resolution during Monday’s Cabinet meeting, as per sources from the Cabinet.

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