FIA boss Jean Todt in Uganda on a two day visit

By James Bakama

Added 27th February 2018 06:47 PM

Todt will meet President Yoweri Museveni tomorrow.

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Todt will meet President Yoweri Museveni tomorrow.

One of motorsport’s biggest figures is in Uganda. Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt is on a two day visit.

According to a program issued today, Todt is here to launch the United Nations Status of Road Safety report. Todt is returning to Uganda after an earlier visit in 2015.

Todt will meet President Yoweri Museveni tomorrow after meeting various automobile stakeholders in a busy program that starts today.

These will include meetings with the Dusman Okee led Federation of Motorsport in Uganda and Automobile Association of Uganda that’s chaired by John Mutenda.

Okee noted that much as Todt is here as a United Nations and Ministry of Works and Transport guest, his presence is a huge boost to motorsport.

Okee however, expressed regret that Todt would not be able to attend FMU’s annual awards on Thursday.

“He can’t make it because of a tight schedule. But he has promised to look into the invitation in future,” said Okee.

Todt was first in Kenya. He encouraged Kenya to meet the road safety regulations necessary for the country to rejoin the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Todt said he was keen to see Kenya once again feature on the international rally circuit.

"You deserve to have your rally back in the calendar. But you need to deliver (on) the job," said Todt, who was making his third visit to Kenya since it declared its intention to return to the WRC three years ago.

Kenya was ejected from international rallying after the 2002 race over road safety, organisation and financing concerns. Since then no African event has featured in the WRC, something Todt wants to see change.

"If you deliver, you will get the rally in the calendar, but if you don't deliver you will not get it," said Todt, who is also the UN's Special Envoy for Road Safety.

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