The government of Uganda has licensed Mobikey MAN trucks to start assembling buses and trucks as the country struggles to reduce the importation of old cars and cost of importing buses and trucks assembled in the neighbouring Kenya.
Sam Bagonza, the chief engineer in the ministry of works and transport while unveiling the company noted that driving old vehicles is dearly costing the country.
According to Bagonza, Mobikey MAN trucks have already set up base to start assembling buses and trucks on Ugandan soil.
“Most of buses and trucks are built in Kenya and imported here. With investment by such companies here is timely and will address the problem with old trucks and buses, “he said.
Bagonza says that this a good move to start assembling buses and trucks in since government is considering limiting the age of used vehicles imported in the country with a view of eliminating them from market and will in turn boost business of those people investing in new.
Goncalo Vito, the Mobikey Uganda General Manager, noted that they are targeting the mining, transport, construction, agriculture and any other sectors that use heavy trucks and have set up two work stations one in Tororo and one in Namanve industry park
“So we have set up two stations in Tororo and Kampala and we plan to create jobs by recruiting locals to work in our workshops and develop the country together,” Goncalo said.
Describing the trucks as a market leader, he said they have designed their products to stand African conditions.