TOP
Monday,June 01,2020 05:22 AM
  • Home
  • News
  • Museveni launches bus assembly plant

Museveni launches bus assembly plant

By Taddeo Bwambale

Added 9th March 2019 12:17 PM

Zhongtong Bus Holding Co. Ltd hopes to be assembling 20 buses per month by June

Museveni launches bus assembly plant

The buses' chassis, engine, and gearbox are assembled, painted, wired and fitted all at the plant in Namanve. Photo by Taddeo Bwambale

Zhongtong Bus Holding Co. Ltd hopes to be assembling 20 buses per month by June

President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday flagged off the first batch of 67-seater Metu Zhong Tong buses assembled in Uganda

The buses are assembled at a plant located in Namanve, Wakiso district. The parts of the buses are imported from China and assembled locally.

The chassis, engine, and gearbox are assembled, painted, wired and fitted at the Namanve plant, according to Katabaazi, the chairperson of Metu Zhong Tong Bus Company Ltd.

ne of the 67seater etu hong ong buses assembled in ganda hoto by addeo wambaleOne of the 67-seater Metu Zhong Tong buses assembled in Uganda. Photo by Taddeo Bwambale

 

About 50 workers operate on site, among them engineers, mechanics, welders, and other professionals; the company hopes to be assembling 20 buses per month by June.

Some of the workers were trained by a team from the Zhongtong Bus Holding Co. Ltd in China. According to Metu, each bus will cost sh400m, which he describes as the cheapest in the region.

The buses boast spacious baggage area and roomier passenger seats. According to Metu, the cost of each unit is expected to go down when he starts manufacturing some of the spare parts.

The bus company is also targeting a wider regional market covering neighbouring countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, and South Sudan.

A new bus costs between $145,000 (about sh548.7m) and $200,000 (sh756.9m), depending on the brand and model. A typical 67-seater bus costs (taxes included), costs about sh610m.

Related articles

More From The Author

More From The Author