Uhuru vows to lift rally fortunes
12 September 2014, 13:53
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will do his utmost to ensure the Safari Rally returns to World Rally status.
The rally has been in the cold in the last ten years after losing its status following failure by government to provide guarantees over the rally.
Speaking during the flagging off ceremony for the rally in Nairobi Friday for the 2014 edition, he said that his government will try its best to lift the fortunes of the rally.
" This event is a special one and must return to the special place that it has always had in the past, he said.
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" My government will seek ways of ensuring that it goes back to where it belongs, which is a World Class rally and we will pull all the strings possible to ensure that happens, he added.
The president also called on more indigenous local drivers to take up the sport.
" It will fill me with joy to see more local drivers join the rally scene and compete at the highest level, he said.
The rally will officially take to the roads over the weekend with many Kenyans set to follow it to the official race stages.
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