Friday, April 3, 2009

The Nyayo Pioneer

The Nyayo Pioneer


nitiating the idea of a Kenyan car in 1986, former President Daniel arap Moi asked the University of Nairobi to produce a vehicle, 'however ugly or slow it may be'.

The cars were not ugly. They were not very slow. During the test runs, the cars could attain a speed of 120 km per hour, according to a project engineer who used to drive the cars along Mombasa Road to as far as Sultan Hamud.

These first ever Kenyan made cars - The Pioneer Nyayo Cars - now parked and gleaming clean at the Kenya Railways grounds - were, according to Mr Mogere, manufactured from locally available raw materials, resources and expertise.

The car parts were either produced at military bases or at the Kenya Railways Central Workshops. And in 1990, President Moi launched three new Nyayo cars at the Kasarani Sports Complex.

With the successful completion of the first phase - the production of the prototypes and the subsequent establishment of the Nyayo Motor Corporation - the Government set in motion the establishment of the necessary plants for mass production. All in all, the Government needed to establish 11 plants at an estimated cost of Sh 7.8 billion. The Government could only afford two plants - the General Machining Complex comprising of advanced computerized equipment for machining automotive parts, and a Ductile Iron Foundry.

Demands from major donors to sell off non-performing parastatals made it difficult for the Government to inject more funds into the project.

Determined to put a Kenyan car on the road, the Government, in 1999, insisted that the project operate on a commercial basis and be self-sustaining. But the Government continued allocating money to the car project every year. However, much of the allocations, over 60 per cent, were never disbursed due to lack of funds.


  1. President Moi was a visionary leader. We would have been the first African country to manufacture a vehicle...we actually did manufacture the damn car!!! and its clear from above that 'major donors' AKA USA,UKay were against the idea of an African country to make such a huge step forward n challenge them in such a lucrative industry.

  2. what is the difference between Pioneer and Pioneer Premier series?
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  3. What are better subs pioneer premiers or power acoustiks?

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  4. How much will a set of pioneer ten speakers cost with amp included?

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  6. Which car part do u change or get if you want to increase acceleration?

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  7. How can i connect my pioneer head set to the clarion cd changer in my peuget 306?
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  8. How can i connect my pioneer head set to the clarion cd changer in my peuget 306?

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  9. Peuget is a great car. I have a great system in mine.

  10. the idea was brilliant but the implementation hampered its prosperity.