In response to the public transport shortage in the City of Kigali, the Government has announced plans to procure 305 buses, with 100 expected to arrive by the end of December 2023.
Infrastructure Minister Ernest Nsabimana provided updates on the progress during a session with the Senate, assuring them of the government’s commitment to addressing the issue, as reported by the New Times.
The buses are being acquired to alleviate the challenges faced by passengers and improve the public transport system in Kigali.
Minister Nsabimana conveyed to the senators that ready-made buses are not readily available in manufacturing factories. Therefore, the process involves a procuring entity placing an order, and the buses are subsequently manufactured accordingly.
Additionally, the government is exploring partnerships with investors to further invest in public transport across the country.
In preparation for the adoption of electric buses, the government sent a team to study countries with advanced electric automobile production. Their focus was on ensuring the necessary charging infrastructure, which is crucial as electric buses have distinct technology requirements compared to diesel-powered buses.