Drivers say that the frequent rains have made theroads slippery and hard for them to navigate during the the 2021
Mosac Rally Championship held in the districts of Jinja and Mayuge on Saturday.
Thirty drivers were flagged off for the rally championship
however, only 11 managed to successfully complete the race, as the rest were
stuck in the earlier sections of the rally.
The roads were muddy with stagnant water in the deep ditches
located along some sections of the earmarked rally route, making them inaccessible
by some of the drivers.
Most of the vehicles sustained mechanical faults and were
towed from the sections to the service park, where they were repaired.
Robert Katabalwa, a navigator says that they sought the aid
of well-wishers who were cheering them up to help them manually tow their vehicle
from one of the ditches, where it had gotten stuck.
He stresses that such abnormalities left big pieces of mud
stuck in their tire reams, hence contributing to their slow pace within the
//cue in: “track ya’leero…'//
Cue out…nga ngyitwala,”//
Godfrey Nsereko, a driver under the two-wheel category, says
that driving within the muddy tracks requires a lot of concentration and is
time consuming, which largely kills most drivers’ zeal and momentum to compete
at their planned speed.
//cue in: “amakubo gano… '//
Also. Duncan Mubiru says that the muddy track antagonized
his racing plan, as sensitive parts within his vehicle got extensively
waterlogged and partly slowed down his pace.
Mubiru adds that after extensive
servicing and comprehensive cleaning of the damaged parts, he managed to
navigate through the final section of the rally with ease.
Meanwhile, Kiira region’s police spokesperson, James Mubi
says that security operatives maintained safety of both rally drivers and fans
alike, by ensuring that fans stood behind the tapes to prevent vehicles
diverting off the slippery roads from ramming into the standby spectators.
Mubi stresses that, one female spectator whose particulars
have been withheld sustained minor injuries and was rushed to Jinja regional
referral hospital’s emergency unit for further management.