Crime & Investigation

2 Shot As Police Battles Riotous Jinja Traders

Let the engines roar, this site because it is car rally time once again as the National Rally Championship calander kicks off with the Mbarara Rally on Saturday.

The prestigious rally, web organised by Mbarara Motor Club has over years grown from strength to strength to become one of the toughest and exciting races across the Great Lakes region. It has provided action-packed entertainment for motor sports lovers.

The two day event will cover the districts of Masaka, no rx Lwengo, Lyantonde and Mbarara. Its flags off from Masaka town with a 5km super special stage at the Pineridge Bwala double circuit on Saturday afternoon before heading to Mbarara for three competitive sections.

Ronald Ssebuguzi, the reigning national champion, is set to be flagged off first with over 30 drivers are scheduled to take part. Ssebuguzi currently doesn’t own a rally car after the deal to buy a Mitsubishi EvoX from Kenyan driver Jaspreet Chatthe fell through.

The annual motorsport calendar opening event has also attracted back former drivers Desh Kananura and Kuku Rangit. Kananura who had spent two seasons off the sport returns with the state of the art Subaru Impreza N 14.

David Nsobya Clerk of the Course termed this year’s event as “bringing the sport to the people” and he has already predicted a historic showcase with all the ingredients of a classic event.

In other African countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe, motor rallying events, attract over 10 000 spectators.

The sport is the second-best crowd-puller in the mentioned nations after the world’s most popular sport – soccer.


One of the country’s top motor rally drivers Ssebuguzi and his co driver Cedric Buzabo, who will drive a rented Subaru promised some fireworks this time around and the team is geared up to give it their best shot.

“Ronald (Ssebuguzi) drives big time and you should expect something big from the big man and hopefully the crowd will come in big numbers,” said Buzabo.

Local businesswoman Leira Mayanja, the only female in this rally, is also worthy mentioning in her Toyota RX as she celebrates yet another achievement giving men a run for there money in the sport. The sport only requires a car, of course, and you can be the next champion and the most important part of the rally is to finish the stages rather than winning.

Defending champion Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru (Subaru N16), Arthur Blick (Subaru N12), Christakis Fitidis (Subaru N12), Dr Ashraf Ahmed (Subaru N14), Musa Kabega (Evo6), Omar Mayanja (Evo5), Polo Pole (Subaru), Peter Kakaire (Subaru N10) and Fred Wampamba (Subaru N8) are the other drivers that will be fighting to win this year’s edition.
Two people have been badly injured by stray bullets in a scuffle as police battled demonstrating market traders in Jinja town today afternoon.

RPC Kira North Edgar Nabongo says the traders were fighting with officials from Uganda Revenue Authority before police was invited to calm the situation.

The injured were identified as Joseph Wadana, approved while the other’s names were still unknown by press time.

Police officers are said to have resorted to firing live bullets when the situation got out of hand as demonstrators spread across the town.

The Police squad was commanded by Jinja district police commander Apollo Kateeba.

Nabongo says that two police officers had been arrested and detained at Jinja police station for shooting at demonstrating civilians.

He said that they should have used their training to contain the rioters without causing harm.


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