11 Drivers Bounced from Gorilla in the Mist Rally

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Mukiibi Katende, the Clerk of the event, lists some of the drivers ejected from the event as Ugandas Jas Mangat, the 2013 National Rally Champion and Winner of the 2016 Kabale Gorilla in the Mist rally, Jean Eric Gakwaya and Fabrice Yoto, both from Rwanda.

Eleven drivers have been bounced from Gorilla in the Mist Motor Rally, which is underway in Kabale and Rubanda districts for alleged failure to meet the required standards.
 
Only 27 out of the 38 drivers who registered for the two day event passed the inspection test held on Friday evening at First Service Fuel Station in Kabale town.

The drivers will cover 170 competitive kilometers and another 140 kilometers. The drivers are due to be flagged off at White Horse Inn at Makanga Hill at exactly 10:00am this morning.
 
Mukiibi Katende, the Clerk of the event, lists some of the ejected drivers as Uganda's Jas Mangat, the 2013 National Rally Champion and Winner of the  2016 Kabale Gorilla in the Mist rally, Jean Eric Gakwaya and Fabrice Yoto, both from Rwanda.

Katende says the drivers were ejected from the rally because their vehicles failed to meet the required standards.
 
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He also lambasts hoteliers in Kabale for cheating the drivers and their fans. Katende says although most of the drivers and their fans booked hotels in time, most of the hotel owners turned around and demanded for more money at the last hour due to the high demand for rooms.  

He faults the district leadership for failure to restrain the hoteliers from exploiting the drivers, saying some of them are considering not returning to Kabale.

 
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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District Chairperson, says the decision by the hoteliers to overcharge the rally fans was uncalled-for.

 
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However, one of the hotel owners told URN on condition of anonymity that they were forced to demand for more money as more people continued arriving in town with huge sums of money looking for accommodation.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.