Tuesday January 2 2018

Three injured in motor rally accident

Fans help a colleague, Ayub Kyafu,  who was

Fans help a colleague, Ayub Kyafu, who was knocked by a speeding motor rally car. PHOTOS YAZID YOLISIGIRA  


IGANGA- Three people on Monday sustained serious injuries after being knocked during a motorsport rally.
One of the injured identified as Ayub Kyafu, a resident of Iganga Town, and two others who were yet to be identified by press time, were taken to Iganga Hospital.

According to Basoga Waiswa, an eyewitness, the accident happened when fans of Iganga-based rally driver, Kepher Walubi and his navigator Ahmed Minjo - who were leading the pack – tried to cross the road as they cheered him.
“As Walubi was nearing the finish line of the first round, the three enthusiastic fans wanted to cross the road to have a clear view of him but were knocked by the car. It is the fans to blame for the accident,” Mr Basoga recounted told this reporter.

The rally, organized by members of Eastern Motor Rally Club, was meant to commemorate the opening of a motor rally ground, the first of its kind at Bukaye Village located two Kilometres from Iganga Town.

The new motor rally site that will sit on about seven acres of land will be for double circuit competitions.
The Vice President of Eastern Motor Club, Abasa Sajabi, said whereas they registered a ‘minor incident’, the new motor rally ground would boost sports and development in the area.
He added that the Uganda Federation of Motorsports was planning to organize a national rally in the area and called for support.
Mr Johnson Mukisa, the Technical President Eastern Motor Club, said during the rally registered 26 new rally drivers.