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Man killed at season opening Mbarara Rally

By Aloysius Byamukama, Johnson Were

Added 11th February 2019 09:40 AM

Eye witnesses said the 20-year-old man defied Police warnings and that when spectators tried to stop him, he never took heed

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Eye witnesses said the 20-year-old man defied Police warnings and that when spectators tried to stop him, he never took heed

The season-opening Mbarara Rally ended prematurely, after race winner, Jas Mangat knocked dead a boda boda cyclist on the last day of the event on Sunday.

The accident happened at Kacwampare trading centre in Rubare village, Bitsya parish in Rubindi sub-county in Mbarara district, in the last section of the event running from Bukiro to Bwizibwera.

This was the first incident of its kind, in the many years the Mbarara rally has been held. 

as angats codriver oseph amya with barara traffic officer oreen amara observe the motorcycle that umusiime was riding hoto by loysius yamukamaJas Mangat’s co-driver Joseph Kamya with Mbarara traffic officer Doreen Namara, observe the motorcycle that Tumusiime was riding. Photo by Aloysius Byamukama

 

The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X driver Mangat, who led the rest of the 38 drivers right from day one on Saturday, sustained minor injuries after his car developed a hole in the driver’s side.

The Police identified the dead as Benson Tumusiime, 20, while the passenger he was carrying identified as Innocent Kabigumira, was rushed to Bwizibwera health centre IV with a fractured arm.

 

 relative of umusiime breaks down after news of his demise filtered through hoto by loysius yamukamaA relative of Tumusiime breaks down after news of his demise filtered through. Photo by Aloysius Byamukama

Eye witnesses said that Tumusiime defied Police warnings and that even when the residents tried to stop him from riding on the road, he never took heed.

Rwizi Region Traffic Police officer, Justine Opus, blamed the accident on the boda boda rider’s carelessness.

“The boda boda man was so careless and did not take serious, the cautions that were passed on by the Police. He went on to ride on the road even when the lead car and the Police car had passed through alerting people on the way,” Opus said.

dward irumira was among the drivers that failed to finish the race hoto by loysius yamukamaEdward Kirumira was among the drivers that failed to finish the race. Photo by Aloysius Byamukama

Event manager Said Kaketo said the last section of the event had to be cancelled out since Mangat’s was the first car.

Mangat who had led in the first four sections of Rwentanga-Bwizibwera (31.62), Bwizibwera-Rutooma (28.9km), Kagyezi-Bwizibwera (19.65km) and Rubindi-Rutooma (15.02km), went on to be declared the winner after losing 1hr10:12, followed by Arthur Blick.

Top drivers struggle

Reigning NRC champion Susan Muwonge was left with much to ponder in her push of retaining the crown, after finishing 11th and outside the scoring bracket.

 

efending national champions usan uwonge toiled on her way to finishing in 11th position hoto by loysius yamukamaDefending national champions Susan Muwonge toiled on her way to finishing in 11th position. Photo by Aloysius Byamukama

The Subaru Impreza driver could not come anywhere near her last year’s best of third place, that contributed much to her NRC crown, coming 20 minutes behind winner Mangat.

Only 23 drivers of the 40 that entered the race, finished the event.

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