Uganda Motor sport governing body has officially come out on the issue of setting up fenced viewing points instead of the current tapes to ensure safety of rally fans. This comes after the motor accident that killed 1 person and injured 9 people at Busiika rally grounds in Luweero district.
Dusman Okee FMU president addressing the media and police at Lugogo stated that they are to make sure that no alcoholic drink to be sold during the event sprints to be scrubbed off the calendar and hiking entry fees to reduce on the number of fans watching the sport starting next year.
Okee together with Kamya safety delegate and Joseph Mwangala the secretary stated the condition of the injured fans during Ponsiano Lwakataka’s fundraising sprint on Sunday when a rally car drove into spectators killing one and leaving others injured in Busiika Luwero District.
“We are much aggrieved for the loss of our fans and we join his family and relatives to mourn him”, said Okee. In addition he points out that they are to stand with the families of the affected during this trying time.
Likewise he said, “We are going back to the drawing board to come up with other better measures of ensuring safety next season”, claiming the current safety measures cannot copy up with the increasing number of fans; said Okee.
ASP Paul Kanngave the savannah regional police spokes person points out that “We have got information that some of the injured fans were discharged a part from the woman who was seriously injured”, he said.
And investigations are in progress to find out whether, there was any negligence by the officers on duty.
Meanwhile, the suspected pick-pocket who caused the accident was arrested and under police custody in Busiika police station.
We shall keep you posted