By Justice Ethan
Five top finishers
1. Nasser Kirunda 56.62 litres
2. Alex Kikonyogo 57.84
3. Anthony Sserunjogi 110
4. Hurkmans Bo 137
5. Albert Mukokha 69.90
Rally navigator Nasser Kirunda lived to his promise by successfully defending the Africa Kwetu Fuel Economy Tour title on Saturday.
Navigated by his son Nasser Kirunda Junior beat stiff opposition from UMOSPOC treasurer Alex Kikonyogo in Toyota fielder, Anthony Sserunjogi (jeep wrangler) and the Dutch crew of Hurkmans Bo and Mueller Florian in Landrover.
They finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Kirunda last year won the event navigated by his father Menya Nkuutu and has vowed to win it next year navigated by his wife.
“I’m glad I defended my trophy but the most is important is that my son has learned a lot. I’m preparing him to become a navigator and rally driver but also has learned a lot from this tour which is important in his education,” a joyous Kirunda said.
“My focus is now to start preparing for the Total Kabalega rally next month,” He added.
The 8year-old and pupil of Green Hill Academy said,” I saw a lot that I had never seen before that will help me when schools open.”
Godfrey Lubega aka Tallman navigator Bashir Mbogo, after the event, said,” We are now ready for Kabalega rally. 1000km has now opened us and we are ready for the Kabalega rally.”
Out of the 32 entrants in the 1000km tour that covered districts of Kampala, Nakaseke, Hoima, Kibale, Fort Portal, Kasese and Mbarara, 18 finished the event.
The social event uses sports to promote domestics tourism, Environment protection, and road safety in the country and the one that consumes less fuel on the tour is declared the winner.
The Tour heads to Northern Uganda
After two years of touring western Uganda, the third edition of the Africa Kwetu Fuel Economy Tour will head to northern Uganda next year.
Tendo Mutale, the Event Manager confirmed this at the prize-giving ceremony of this year’s edition at Hotel Triangle in Mbarara on Saturday.
“I salute you participants for the commitment and discipline exhibited to complete this event incident free from Kampala, Semuto, Hoima, Fort Portal, Kasese up to Mbarara,” Mutale said.
“Next year we head to the land where you expect to see a lot including Karuma Bridge, Murchison Falls, Aru falls and Rhino Sanctuary. This is Northern Uganda,” Mutale said.