During a session with the Senate on July 25, the Minister of Infrastructure, Dr. Ernest Nsabimana, updated strategies to tackle road accidents and assured that the bus shortage issue is a top priority.
The decision to procure 100 buses followed inquiries by senators about buses announced during the 18th National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) on February 27. These new buses are expected to significantly improve the public transport system in Kigali, which has been facing challenges, causing inconvenience to passengers.
The 100 buses will initially run on diesel, with 40 arriving by the end of October and the remaining 60 by the end of December. The government also plans to acquire 205 electric-powered buses later to align with environmental protection efforts.
Minister Nsabimana explained that ready-made buses aren’t readily available, so orders must be placed for manufacturing. To prepare for electric buses, the government has studied advanced electric automobile production in other countries and identified suitable locations in Kigali for charging infrastructure.
Potential investors have shown interest in collaborating with the government to invest in public transport in Kigali and across the country, promising further improvements in transportation services.
With these efforts, Kigali’s public transport system is expected to see significant advancements, enhancing convenience and efficiency for passengers.