Mbarara Innovator adds another innovation.
Nkaheza Joseph, 29, from Mbarara district in south western Uganda has again attracted public and leaders’ attention after revealing another innovation, this time round, a car.
A Primary Seven dropout is the brain behind Uganda’s first private and locally made helicopter, a 12-feet motorbike which uses only steam not fuel, and other innovations which he showcased in 2017 after over 5 years he spent manufacturing them. They have so far coasted him over Sh50 million all together because he purchases the metallic materials used in this interesting innovation.
This car that consumes very little fuel is made out of scrap materials, iron sheets, plastics, wood and a screen and it runs 160km/hr.
Lack of government support (funding).
For the past years, Joseph has been hosting different government leaders from various sectors including the ministry of technology, plus being invited to showcase in different trade fairs, but leaders have never fulfilled their pledges.
Currently, he needs Shs122 million to finish his helicopter project, and later the car project which needs Sh244 million.
Last year he narrowly cheated death when his helicopter failed to balance in the air and accidentally landed.
Uganda was ranked among the top three countries with advanced technological and innovation capabilities in Africa by the 2012 Martin Prosperity Institute research in the U.S , citing that innovators have not been fully supported, both financially and by training.