The losers in the recently concluded Kabalega rally have failed to accept that motorsport ace driver, Rajiv Ruparelia, outwitted them to be crowned the champion of the NRC5 edition in Hoima, two weeks ago.
The losers from the race, led by Ronald Ssebuguzi and Duncan Mubiru “Kikankane” have since attempted to block Rajiv’s victory during the event by petitioning the Clerk of the Course (COC) but were late as the law stipulates.
However, a report from the COC, Katende Mukiibi, ratifies Rajiv’s victory explaining deeply the circumstances why Kikankane and Sebuguzi’s complaint was dust binned after failing to provide evidence as the law requires and also having been raised 30 minutes past time.
“No protests were received. The Crew of Ronald Ssebuguzi / Anthony Mugambwa and the Crew of Duncan Mubiru / Musa Nsubuga attempted to lodge protests at 19:31 hours. Having posted the provisional results at 18:40hrs and the same being signed at 19:28hrs, I decline to receive the proposed protests since they were out of the stipulated 30 minutes from the time of posting provisional results,” the COC report reads.
In fining Rajiv’s crew Shs500,000 on grounds of infringement, Katende admits that imposing a penalty was a huge mistake and “shouldn’t have happened” and must be “refunded.”
“In error, Crew No. 62 was fined UGX 500,0001= (receipted on FMU receipt No. 025). This, I own as having been a mistake and should not have happened. I, therefore, request the organising club to liaise with FMU to ensure the crew is refunded the same,” the report adds.
In his report, Katende expressly states that whereas Sebuguzi and Mubiru approached him lodging protests against Rajiv, they did not have evidence.
“I offered them to provide evidence which up to the end of the event was not delivered. Based on the control report and lack of further evidence of witnesses, I could not place the responsibility of the delay entirely on the crews since it was acting under instruction and supervision of the safety marshal.”