Residents of Kabale and Rubanda districts are excited over the return of Gorilla in the Mist motor rally 2017 running from today until Sunday. The clerk of the event, Mukiibi Katende says the drivers will cover 170 competitive kilometres and another 140 non-competitive kilometres. Mukiibi adds that 37 drivers are expected to take part in the event.
The Rally is expected to attract several drivers and spectators from East African region. The first motor rally in the area took place in April last year.
However, locals say that they are very much excited and ready to watch drivers negotiating corners. Business communities like hotel owners are also excited expecting to reap big from the drivers and spectators.
A URN reporter visited some hotels like Manhattan Hotel, Royal Comfort guest house, Highway Restaurant and Accommodation and found most of the rooms already booked. Locals were also happily looking at the drivers as they arrived in Kabale town.
Rodgers Akampurira, a special-hire driver in Kabale town says that he is excited to witness a motor rally for the second time in his life. Akampurira says that although he is also a driver, rally drivers always challenge him by the way they climb hills and negotiate sharp corners at a very high speed.
He says he will not work until the end of the rally adding that he will keep in the hills watching.
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Moses Asiimwe, a taxi driver along Kabale-Mbarara highway and a resident of Kabale Municipality says that the return of the rally has given children a chance to get stories they will narrate in future.
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Annet Musiimenta, the proprietor of Highway Restaurant and Accommodation, says that the return of Gorilla in the Mist rally has given them a chance to reap quick money. Musiimenta says that she has increased accommodation charges from ten thousand to thirty thousand shillings a night.
She is convinced that by the end of the rally she will have reaped a lot of money.
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Rogers Kukundakwe, the manager at Monarisa the Boss 2 Bar and Accommodation, says that although there is high demand for food and drinks than usual due to the presence of the rally, the management is not thinking of increasing the price.
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Ambrose Byoona, one of the rally drivers says that he is ready to win the rally since he has already passed the checking stage. He says he has no worries about the weather adding that in case it rains it will be a test to the drivers to show their experience and skill.
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Arthur Blick another driver says that he is well prepared to win since he has already finished surveying all the roads.
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Grace Mugizi, the manager for Duncan Mubiru Kikankane, says that the Evox vehicle which Mubiru has will help him to beat all his opponents especially when it rains.
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The clerk of the event, Mukiibi Katende says the drivers will cover 170 competitive kilometres and another 140 non-competitive kilometres. Mukiibi adds that 37 drivers are expected to take part in the event. By the time of filling in the story, registration and inspection of the vehicles was still going on at First Service fuel Station in Kabale town.
Dickens Bindeeba, the Kabale District Police Commander says that traffic police will remain heavily deployed along all the roads to regulate traffic.