Video: Pearl of Africa Rally Receives Sh70m KCB Bank Boost

KCB Bank Uganda has sponsored the forthcoming Pearl of Africa Rally with Sh70m for the event due May 6-8.

The sponsorship package was received on Thursday in a press conference for the rally that will mark the third round of the National Rally Championship.

KCB Bank Uganda Head of Marketing Diana Komukama Ssempebwa commented: This is an exciting moment for us, KCB Bank has a long history with motorsports, we have been at this platform before, we might have withdrawn a little bit but we are back properly, KCB Group is a strong lover of Motorsports and has sponsored the Kenya National Rally Championship since 2003 so the blood is flowing from the parent to the children.”

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“For us it’s an honour to be back, we want to stay and our voice will be like that of FMU which is Safety. We are extending our package of Sh70m, it could have been higher but COVID-19 happened but it’s not a bad start. Allow me to appreciate the management of FMU for everything you have done to promote and professionalise the Sport of MotorSport in Uganda.”

KCB Bank’s Diana Komukama

Pearl of Africa Rally is part of FIA Africa Rally and has already attracted many drivers from across the continent including Burundi and Zambia.

The event is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. It was last held in 2019 when Kenyan Singh Manvir Baryan defended his title after edging Uganda’s Arthur Blick.

“Many years ago, KCB Bank was one of the main sponsors of the Pearl of Africa Rally, those days one common feature was the very long distances that were covered and of course presence of fans along the rally routes, we remember the very colourful flag-off ceremonies and exciting podium finishes that graced those events,” said FMU President Dipu Ruparelia.

“As a former competitor, I have very good memories of KCB involvement in motorsports, one of the most positive aspects that happened to motorsports during our rallying days was indeed the involvement of KCB. Because with it appeared to attract lots of foreign participation. To our fans that was a positive thing.

FMU boss Dipu Ruparelia

“Today, we have more vehicles participating in our events and more affluent fans who not only follow the event both physically and on digital social media, but also understand the value of a sponsor and what they need to do to support that sponsor. We shall capitalise on that for KCB.

“We are very proud to have KCB on board and our prayer is that even beyond this event, KCB will stay as a partner for many more motor sporting engagements.”

Clerk of Course David Mayanja urged fans not to be reckless and asked them to abide by the safety guidelines.

Past Winners
1996 – Karim Hirji
1997 – Chipper Adam’s
1998 – Charles Muhangi
1999 – Chipper Adams
2000 – Charlie Lubega
2001 – N/A
2002 – Johnny Gemmel (South Africa)
2003 – Charlie Lubega
2004 – Charlie Lubega
2005 – Riyaz Kurji
2006 – Riyaz Kurji
2007 – Conrad Rautenbach (Zimbabwe)
2008 – Jamie Whyte (Zimbabwe)
2009 – Riyaz Kurji
2010 – Jamie Whyte (Zimbabwe)
2011 – Ponsiano Lwakataka
2012 – Mohammed Essa (Zambia)
2013 – Jas Mangat
2014 – Rajbir Rai (Kenya)
2015 – Jaspreet Singh (Kenya)
2016 – Hassan Alwi
2017 – Manvir Singh Barayan (Kenya)
2018 – Manvir Singh Barayan (Kenya)
2019 – Manvir Singh Barayan (Kenya)
2020 – N/A
2021 – N/A
2022 – ??

ENTRIES so far by press time:

1.Abas Mayinja(UG)/Frank Serugo(UG) -Subaru Impreza

2.Nasser Ratib(UG) /Nasser Samia(UG)- Toyota fx

3.Giancarlo Davite( RWA)/Sylvia Vindevogel (BDI)-EvoX

4.Leroy Gomes(ZAM)/Urshla Gomez(ZAM)-Ford Fiesta R5

5.Amaanraj Rai(UG)/Gurdeep Penesar(KEN)- Skoda Fabia R5

6.Giesen Jean Jean(RWA)/Kevin Mujiji(RWA)-Toyota Celica GT4

7.Yassin Nasser(UG)/Ali Katumba(UG)-subaru impreza Gvb

8.Keran Patel(KEN)/Tauseef Khan(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R5

9.Issa Nyanzi(UG)/Mathias kiyagga(UG)-Subaru impreza

10.Mustapha Mukasa(UG)/Mildred Kibuuka(UG)-Subaru impreza N12

11.Andy Musoke(UG)/Aaron Nsamba(UG)-Mitsubishi EvoV

12.Dr Ahmed Ashraf(UG)/Shameer Yusuf(KEN)- Subaru N14

13.Hassan Alwi Jr (UG)/Riyaz Ismail(KEN) -Subaru Impreza N14

14.Godfrey Nsereko(UG)/Jackson Serwanga(UG)-Subaru impreza 2WD

15.Michael Mukula Jr(UG)/Edward Kiyingi(UG)-Subaru impreza N12B

16.Jeremy Wahome(KEN)/Victor Okudi(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R3

17.McRae Kimathi(KEN)/Mwagi Kioni(KEN)-Ford Fiesta R3

18.Hamza Anwar(KEN)/Adnan Din(KEN)-Evox

19.Maxine Wahome(KEN)/Murage Waigwa(KEN)-Subaru N10

20.Mark Lubega(UG)/Mbabazi Daniel(UG)-Subaru impreza N10

21.Awadin Imtiaz Din(BDI)/Alain Rukundo(BDI)-Subaru impreza N12

22.Samuel Watendwa(UG)/Steven Bunya(UG)-Toyota FX

23.Maseruka Henry(UG)/Tibenda Denis(UG)-Toyota Runx

24.Japheth Lugayizi(UG)/Ali Nsubuga(UG)-Toyota Celica

25.Rashid Makumbi(UG)/Yusuf Babu(UG)-Subaru impreza

26.Aine Sodo(UG)/Derrick lubambula(UG)-Mitsubishi Evo9

27.Jas Mangat(UG)/Joseph Kamya(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox

28.Oscar Ntambi(UG)/Asuman muhamed(UG)-Alteza

29:Kaka Junior(UG)/Siraj kyambade(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox

30.Ibrahim Lubega(UG)/Shakira nabwami(UG)-Toyota fx

31.Duncan Mubiru(UG)/Musa Nsubuga(UG)-Ford Fiesta proto

32.Mohammed Bwette(UG)/Muhammed kavuma(UG)-Evo7

33.John Burrows (UG)/Lutalo Junior(UG)-Subaru Impreza

34.Samuel Bwette(UG)/Urban Mulindwa(UG)-Mitsubishi Evo9

35.Omar Mayanja(UG)/Hussein Mukuye(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox

36.Kepher Walubi(UG)/George Semakula(UG)-Mitsubishi Evox



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