Makerere alumnus claims Kiira electric vehicle concept was ‘stolen’ from him by his supervisor
Jeremy Steven Ntambi, an alumnus at Makerere University has boldly asserted that the Kayoola electic bus idea was originally his concept and was taken from him by lecturers at the institution who eventually took it up as their own.
Jeremy, who graduated from Makerere with a first class Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in 2009 claims he undertook the idea as part of his research project before it was hijacked by his supervisor.
According to sources, it all started in 2011 when he approached his lecturer to commercialize his dream of a Ugandan made electric vehicle. Ntambi approached Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa and shared his idea that had been in the pipeline since 2008/9.
He had also led a group of eleven students to build Uganda’s first-ever environment-friendly and a most cost-effective vehicle that later turned to be known as Kiira EV Project.
The car was presented in Italy at the World Design Exposition. After the expo, President Museveni then offered to fund this project all the way to commercial manufacturing. It’s here that Prof. Tickodri came back in the picture despite having scoffed at the project earlier.
Upon his return from Italy, Ntambi reached out to Professor Tickodri who had then met the President and taken over the project and the funds. Musanze would go on to install himself as the CEO of Kiira Motor Corporation. It is at this point also that Professor Tickodri vehemently warned Ntambi off the project and warned him never to set foot anywhere close to this electric vehicle.
“During the work, Paul Isaac Musasizi always scoffed at the project and mentioned that it was impossible, and I was being too ambitious…during the time we worked, I have labeled a fraud and always threatened to remember he supervised my final project as a student. After we had the project delivered in Italy with global teams, Museveni agreed to support this project. And immediately Professor Tickodri and Paul Isaac Musaazi claimed to have had this dream,” Ntambi narrates.
Check out some of the screenshots from Ntambi’s social media handles.