Mbarara Motor Club (MMC) has failed to meet the required health and safety standards required to organize a national motorsport event necessitating the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of Uganda (FMU) to cancel the First Round of the 2022 National Rally Championship.
The Rukaari - Lake Mburo Rally was scheduled for the weekend of 21 - 22 January, 2022 at the Mwesigwa Resort in Lake Mburo National Park and now the FMU has said it will take necessary action against the club and its officials as per prescribed by the 2022 National Competition Rules and Constitution.
“The organizing club, Mbarara Motor Club (MMC), failed to submit event documents in conformity with the recommedations of FMU and the ministry of works and transport despite numerously extended deadlines.
“Last effort zoom meeting held today 20th January with club officials has yuelded no results,” the FMU said in a letter to stakeholders confirming the cancellation of the event in Mbarara. It added: “The speed-lift instrument from MoWT, which is required for issuance of an event permit has not yet been received yet event starts tomorrow,”
“It is the interest of FMU that motorsport events are organised within the proper structures and the recommended guidelines as provided by our regulations as well as the respective line ministries. Management regrets the extent of financial loss this decision has put the competitors, officials and fans, the FMU further said.
The NRC season opener, sponsored by Mbarara North City MP Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari, had attracted 35 crews including Duncan 'Kikankane' Mubiru who will be trying to defend his title when the National Rally Championship (NRC) gets underway.