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MPs 'shocked' as Kiira Motors fails to account for Shs 15bn

The beast being showcased at Serena hotel recently

The beast being showcased at Serena hotel recently

Kiira Motors Corporation has failed to account for Shs 15 billion of the Shs  24 billion allocated to it in the financial year 2018/19.

As such as, the legislators on the parliamentary committee on Science, Technology and Innovation have said the corporation needs to be probed further because it is could be superintending over a white elephant project and is being used as money conduit.

Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is an automotive manufacturing company incorporated by government of Uganda and Makerere University to champion value addition in the domestic automotive industry for job creation and diversification of the economy.

When the parliamentary committee visited Jinja on January 29, they were astonished to find only an overgrown bush at the site where the vehicle plant was meant to be established. Kiira Motors recently carried out pompous road tests in Kampala for its “beast,” Kiira EVS locally manufactured electric car that will cost about $35,000 or Shs 130m.

The ’shocked’ MPs resolved to summon the KMC leaders to parliament to explain, why for seven months after receiving the money, not even a foundation is in existence at the site.

“By now they should have finished the foundation and putting up the skeleton but when we visited it was all bushy,” committee chairperson Fred Bwiino Kyakulagga said during their interactions with the KMC leadership.

According to the committee, the delay to start work raised a lot of questions. KMC received Shs 8.3bn between July and September last year, Shs 4.9bn in the second quarter and Shs 6.8bn in the third quarter for the establishment of the plant.

“The progress of the project is not in line with the plan yet government has made appropriate financial provisions which would give a different level of the target progress. At the moment there is nothing…Indeed what we are seeing, is contrary to what they have been telling us,” Buikwe South MP David Ronnie Mutebi said.

MPs were concerned that the leadership had deviated from the work plan for which Shs 15bn was allocated, rendering the project a 'mere money conduit', which the legislators said is absurd.

However, Kiira Motors Corporation chief executive officer Paul Isaac Musasizi said the money had been given to a contractor who was overseeing the construction of the said plant.

The committee that was interrogating the budget performance for Kiira Motors Corporation for financial year 2018/19 for the three quarters so far covered, was not satisfied with Musasizi's explanation.

“The money-spent does not reflect what is on ground. Where is the money at the moment?” Bukomansimbi South MP Deogratius Kiyingi said.

The committee was however later told that part of the money was channeled to installing power and extending water among other things at the site, but the MPs said the said water and power had been budgeted for in the previous financial year.

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Comments

+6 #1 Lakwena 2019-02-14 08:11
In other words, it is exasperating. Whatever mega project this regime engages in, is a conduit to steal public money.

Unfortunately, nobody is brought to book. Look at Bank of Uganda: It is unbelievable and a total disaster.

What serious investors would like to invest in a country, whose Central Bank is worse than armed bank robbers?

In other words, Bank of Uganda has been robbing commercial banks blind: The officials rob an entire commercial bank of all its cash and assets.

The heist takes place in a few hours leaving the proprietors and depositors heartbroken and others dead of heart attack.

What a country, full of dressed up heartless thugs!
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+6 #2 Kelly 2019-02-14 09:23
When I reason out that over 98% of “investment projects” in Uganda is a conduit for swindling money by the non-egalitarian technocrats in Uganda (e.g the Rt. Hon Speaker’s tree project in Karamoja), the likes of Kabayekka brandish us anti progress.

From the onset, Kiira motors just like Presidential Initiative on Banana something (PIBIT), OWC, MATIIP, NUSAF, YLF and name them, are mere decoys for those vampires to feed on the last drops of blood from the animal, Uganda.

Who can’t see that these leaches behind such massive projects deliberately leave loopholes instead of setting up complete operational and control guidelines?

After all they are seeing how the emperor is sucking out Uganda’s blood in broad day light and no one raises a voice, so why not they?

I wish their souls (if they have any) also burn in eternal fire!!!!
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+2 #3 Lakwena 2019-02-14 10:30
Quoting Kelly:
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From the onset, Kiira motors just like Presidential Initiative on Banana something (PIBIT), OWC, MATIIP, NUSAF, YLF and name them, are mere decoys for those vampires to feed on the last drops of blood from the animal, Uganda.

Who can’t see that these leaches behind such massive projects deliberately leave loopholes instead of setting up complete operational and control guidelines?

After all they are seeing how the emperor is sucking out Uganda’s blood in broad day light and no one raises a voice, so why not they?

I wish their souls (if they have any) also burn in eternal fire!!!!


Kelly, it seem there is no more hell because it also seems God has switched side and joined Satan.

In other words, how else could Mrs. M7, Janet Kataha say that God is the one who sent Mr. M7 to molest us.
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+3 #4 Kelly 2019-02-14 13:13
Lakwena,
Mrs Museveni might have meant "god" not God.

With how the country is being emasculated by the first family, I now strongly believe Hon. Kataha meant Mr. Meseveni was sent by "baal", one of the seven princes of Hell in 17th-century goetic occult writings.

In as long as he lives, so shall the suffering in this wretched of the earth called Uganda.
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-1 #5 kabayekka 2019-02-14 14:54
Kelly you are putting words in my mouth. Even if I brandish you as non progressive in Karamojo Province, I do not see anything you can try to do to help that Province to progress.

If the speaker has failed even to plant 5 stamps of trees successfully using over 20 billion shillings of tax payer's money you as a progressive show us your blue print out plan.
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+1 #6 kabayekka 2019-02-14 15:03
Now that these engineers in Jinja have managed to make one electric car on their production line and Mr Mwenda was all impressed with it all, the simple question here is where is the location of the factory so that customers can start making an order for such a nice car?

I have no wish to brand any one with anything Mr Kelly.
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+3 #7 Miki 2019-02-14 18:48
Somebody must have realized the complexity of auto manufacturing.

Uganda does not make even the simple things such as nuts and bolts cannot frog leap into auto making.

First invest in machines which make machines and tools. Then expand and improve vocational training to produce competent technichians and artisans.

Wouldn't it be more reasonable to start with stuff that eliminate back breaking labor while also improving productivity/quality of what is made.

Throwing money at this venture is certain to turn out as one of the many ill-conceived projects resulting from flattery and excitement of Mr. Museveni and his narrow field of advisers who happen to be either members of his family or the few friends.

Did Ugandan planners ever try to understand why already established manufacturers like Saab of Sweden quit car manufacturing??

And they had everything, not to mention their once beautiful products. The American auto industry had to be saved from the brink not so many years ago.
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+1 #8 Amooti Mugi 2019-02-14 22:24
I m disappointed by the African phenomenon known as "stealing" aka "swindling".

If this were a staunchly Moslem country, applying the Sharia law( I think it is called so?) would ensure that any thief would have his hand amputated/ cut off!!!!

That's the panacea for stealing done by such heartless thieves..

Am a staunchly supporter of the Kiira car project but some individuals want to thwart it!!!

Those must be identified ,shamed and punished..!!! They are blocking the Goodwill of the president who has availed the resources for the project...!!
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+2 #9 Jama 2019-02-15 01:02
If water is dirty above ,don't expect it to be clean under.

If the leaves on top of a tree are dead,don't expect the roots to be living.

If the head of a fish is rotten, don't expect the other parts to be fresh.

If a truck driver is drunk,don't expect a safe conduct.

If the hierarchy is disorganized,don't expect disciplined subordinates.

If dishonesty has infected the brain,don't expect the body to react honestly.

If up there they are not serious,don't expect those under here to be.

One of the first priorities of the next regime should be to clean the mentality of our civil servants from mediocrity to responsible citizens.
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