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Uganda has started carrying out road tests for a locally-made diesel-powered bus.

Ruth Nasejje, media strategist at the state-owned Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC), said that the manufacture of the bus dubbed Kayoola Diesel Coach started in December last year.

The 47-seater bus was made by KMC, a state enterprise spearheading the making of vehicles in Uganda, and National Enterprise Corporation, another state-owned entity.

“This all new executive luxurious coach started its road drills on Monday at Luwero Industries Ltd in Nakasongola,” Nasejje told Xinhua on Thursday.

She said KMC is targeting passenger service bus operators, tour agencies and government departments.

Nasejje said, the Kayoola Diesel Coach is a market ready product and not a prototype.

“KMC is already getting inquiries from interested buyers. The cost of the bus always depends on the buyers’ desired specifications since we have the capacity to modify the product according to their wish,” she added.

President Yoweri Museveni in October last year instructed all government accounting officers to procure locally manufactured buses in efforts to boost import substitution.