By Barbra Namanyi Barbra
Moses Nkuutu and his son Nasser Kirunda in Toyota Auris 2000cc manual emerged the winners of the inaugural Africa Kwetu Motor Fuel Economy Tour that ended in Mbarara on Sunday November 22,2020.
Kirunda attributed his victory to the fuel save tactics used by not engaging strong gears that consume much fuel.
“We understood the theme of the event. So, we decided not to over speed because when you do so, you will be required to raise your raves and engage strong gears so we used more of gear five and four throughout the event,” Kirunda explained.
Clerk of the course Justin Mungoma attributed the success of the event to team work and cooperation of the participants.
“We are glad that we have achieved our goal today. We have also identified the areas to improve and next year’s event will be bigger and better,” Mungoma stressed.
He thanked Worldwide Movers, Kabira Country Club, Hotel Triangle, ministry of Works and Transport, ministry of Health, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Nyaika Hotel and Rosefoam for supporting the event.
The 950km adventure tour that covered the districts of Nakaseke, Hoima, Fort Portal, Kasese and Mbarara with the theme “Discover what is within” had its target on protection of the environment, promotion of road safety and domestic tourism.
Ibrahim Kalule in Subaru Impreza forester P-2000cc and Ibrahim Sowed in Datsun SSS P-1600 emerged second and third respectively.
Elvis Wabwire in Toyota voltz, Bernard Kana finished fourth and fifth while the amputee team of Alex Munyambabazi, Charlotte Kangume and Paul Waswa finished sixth overall in an event that had 13 out of the 27 crews finished the event.
Munyambabazi promised to field a bigger team of amputees next year and also to better this year’s results.
“It was an exciting event that has recruited us in the motorsport family and we shall use such forums to sensitize people with disabilities that they are able to do what normal persons do,” Munyambabazi noted.
The tour organized by United Motorsport Club (UMOSPOC) and Enduro Uganda focused on promotion of safety on the roads, tourism and environment protection in the country.
The participants planted bamboo trees in Hoima, toured Kabwoya game park, Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki Game Park and Queen Elizabeth National Game Park.