Parliament Kadaga KCCA city buses
Kadaga gives go-ahead to Tondeka Company after a meeting with them. File Photo

KCCA new city buses: Kadaga gives go-ahead to Tondeka Company after a meeting with them

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Wednesday 19th, February 2020 issued a directive to the Trade and Tourism Committee of Parliament to investigate the alleged statement that KCCA has sidelined Ugandan traders in the procurement of 980 passenger city buses.

This was after Alex Ruhunda legislator Fort Portal Municipality raised a concern that KCCA deal contravenes the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) policy adopted by the government recently to enhance economic development in Uganda.

Now, while meeting a delegation of officials from the Tondeka Metro Company on Thursday, Kadaga gave a green light to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to proceed with their plan of procuring modern buses to decongest Kampala City.

In her remarks, Kadaga was happy to learn that Tondeka Metro Company had engaged all relevant stakeholders more so the current taxi drivers associations, noting that Kampala City needed to have an effective and efficient transport system.

“I am a very supporter of local content and am always hammering import substitution. I support this initiative,” Kadaga said.

In her statements, Kadaga mentioned that after Uganda Transport Corporation collapsed, the issue of transporting Ugandans was left in the hands of private operators who have failed to manage the industry.

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Also, Kadaga asked Tondeka not to sideline people already employed in the public transport industry.

Parliament Kadaga KCCA city buses
Kadaga gives go-ahead to Tondeka Company after a meeting with them. File Photo

Dr Peter Kimbowa, chairperson Tondeka informed Kadaga that the company is a locally registered special purpose vehicle, operated and owned by the existing taxi drivers associations and Uganda Business Entrepreneurs supported by the Hindui Group, the World’s third largest bus manufacturer.

Kimbowa convinced Kadaga that there will be no fights with local contents because the Hindui Group will work as a team with Kiira Motors Corporation to produce subsequent fleets of the buses in the city.

“We are business people, we don’t believe in conspiracies; we have engaged all taxi associations and all of them are shareholders of this company,” Kimbowa said.

He further noted that there’s still a leadership crisis with one of the taxi operator’s group, but after resolving their issues they will be welcomed in.

“We have opened doors to anybody who wants to run under our service system,” Kimbowa said.

Tondeka intends to operate five bus terminals, five depots and several parks and ride facilities along major roads.

The buses are expected to operate around 25km radius in the city Centre, including Kampala-Mukono along Jinja road, Kampala- Nsangi along Masaka road, Kampala- Buloba along Mityana road, Kampala-Wakiso along Hoima road, Kampala-Matugga along Bombo road, Kampala-Entebbe and Kampala Ggaba road.

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Among the people who attended the meeting includes; taxi drivers, taxi owners’ representatives, Mustapha Mayambala of Uganda Transport Agency, Gad Mugisha of COTODA, Amanda Ngabirano Director of Tondeka, Ortus Africa’s Dorothy Kabugo as well as Shibur Karia, Hindui Groups representative in Uganda.