The Kamwenge district Woman MP, Sylvia Bahairera has described the ongoing MTN-sponsored Tooro Kingdom bicycle race competitions as a big achievement for the people of Kamwenge and Tooro Kingdom at large. She said this during the Kamwenge bicycle race that was held yesterday, attracting hundreds of people who poured onto the streets of Kamwenge town to witness the exciting bicycle racing.
By 8 am hundreds of cyclists had assembled at Rugonjo trading center in Kibale county ready to participate in the 20KM race that ended in Kamwenge town.
While presiding over the event, Bahairera said that: “The bicycle race is a very big achievement for both Kamwenge and Tooro kingdom. In some cases, we have only been hearing that different activities are taking place in Fort Portal city but I am happy that today the people of Kamwenge have also benefited, ” Bahairera said shortly before handing over cash prizes to the 10 winners.
The winners in the ordinary bicycle race were; Peter Wabulo, Tumusiime Zadok, Steven Tumuhimbise, Emmanuel Tumukwasize and Emmanuel Bizimana while the sports bike category winners were; Martin Ampaire, Herbert Tumwebaze, Joseph Mugisa, Gwon Ahimbisibwe and Ivan Murungi.
Julius Mwesige who participated in the 20KMs race described the race as massive.
“I feel happy even though I haven’t won. I am proud that I participated and I want to thank MTN and Tooro kingdom officials for the good partnership. Some of the people are seeing the bicycle race for the first time,” he said.
Prof. Denis Mukama Namara the Tooro kingdom education minister said that the kingdom had achieved a lot through the partnership with MTN.
“As a kingdom our people have benefited a lot from MTN and we are grateful for their support, ” Namara said.
On Friday last week, Hundreds of people lined up along the Kasese-Fort Portal highway in Bunyangabu district to watch the Bunyangabu leg of the exciting MTN-Tooro Kingdom bicycle races.
Over 30 cyclists participated in the event and the winners received cash prizes.
Winners in the manual bikes were; Friday George, Tobios Muganzi, David Sunday, Posiano Basaija, and Patrick Kyalingonza while the Sports bikes category winners were; Peter Mugisa, Abdul Murungi, Alex Sabiiti, Micheal Mugisa, and Francis Bwekale.
The Tooro kingdom County chief for Bunyangabu, Kabuuzi Earnest who presided over the event on behalf of the kingdom said that the bicycle race was the first of its kind in Bunyangabu.
“I need to thank MTN for partnering with Tooro kingdom and ensuring that the bicycle races take place am happy that many people have embraced the sport including youths and elderly,” Kabuuzi said.
Nyaika Achebe the coordinator for Bunyangabu district said that they had been overwhelmed by the high turn-up of people.
Achebe said that all the five winners in the different categories will represent Bunyangabu county at the grand finale in Fort Portal on 4th of September where the Omukama of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru is expected to be the chief guest