Kiira Motors, “a brainchild of Makerere University”, is a Presidential Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing in Uganda. This industrial development intervention is aimed at establishing Vehicle Manufacturing Capabilities in Uganda with the Market Entry Product Mix including Pickups, SUVs, Sedans, Light and Medium Duty Trucks, and Buses. The ultimate goal is to establish Kiira Motors Corporation as an Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in East and Central Africa by 2039.
The Kiira Motors journey dates back to 2007; evolving from an extra-curricular activity under the auspices of the then Makerere University Faculty of Technology, to a university curricular activity and later a mainstream research and innovation program which designed and built the first ever Electric Vehicle in Africa, the Kiira EV. The Kiira EV was launched by H.E. President Y.K. Museveni on 24th November 2011. Powered by the visionary leadership, various stakeholders and a team of extraordinarily talented young men and women, Kiira Motors has now transitioned into a government program for industrialization through Automotive Engineering & Manufacturing contributing to the strategic transformation of Uganda into a middle income economy by 2040.