By Julius Businge
India’s Bajaj Auto Limited has doubled the number of its Bajaj motorcycles imported in Uganda to 70, 000 a year, according to a top official. Speaking in Kampala, the capital city Manish Thapar, the company’s head of East Africa business said Uganda is one of their key markets in East Africa and that demand for their bikes has been on an upward trend over the years.
“Their motorcycles don’t consume a lot of fuel,” said a boda boda cyclist on Oct. 29. One motorcycle goes for around Shs 3.3 million in Uganda. This is higher than the Shs 2.6 million each bike cost six years ago. The increase is as a result of increased demand for the bikes and the popularity of the brand among Ugandan consumers.
The Company, in partnership with the Boda Boda Association of Uganda offered close to Shs 50 million (US$18, 000) to one of the many needy schools in the country, Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School meant to renovate the school structures. The official offer was made public on Oct. 29.