By Francisco Bwambale
City Tyres has strengthened its 12-year partnership with the Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) in the campaign against road accidents.
The campaign that seem successful, need a more consolidated effort to sensitize Ugandans on the causes and effects of accidents to reduce on damages.
City Tyres, through their Supreme flagship brand announced a ugx10m support towards Uspa’s road safety campaign for this year.
Rashid Jaffer Omar – the Sales Manager, Mandela Millers while announcing the offer, encouraged Ugandans to be each others’ watchdog, especially in sharing information relating to bad behaviours on the roads; driving dangerous mechanical condition (DMC) vehicles that lead to most of the accidents.
He also advised drivers to take precautionary measures on their vehicles before embarking onto any journey.
Uspa president Patrick Kanyomozi acknowledged the relationship between his led organ and City Tyres as a key in the fight against accidents. He prayed to vehicle owners in the country to consider quality when dressing their cars, singling out City Tyres, backing call with a research that has shown that many accidents are a result of poor tyres.
Kanyomozi praised the City Tyres’ partnership, saying it had assisted Uspa in carrying out its activities for last 12 years, promising that the 2020 campaign is expected to be a countrywide in recognition of the sports scribes’ golden jubilee.
This year’s road campaign activities involves face-lift of the causality ward at Mulago National Referral Hospital; praying for the accident victims with a climax in Lugazi on Jinja Road on the August 24 where Uspa will engage the public in a bicycle race; repainting of a Zebra Crossing as well as other activities. Uspa conceived the road safety campaign after a number of their own perished in different accidents. In 2001, four of the Uspa executive died at Lugazi. They are Daily Monitor’s assistant sports Editor, Joseph Batte Jr; Kenneth Matovu (New Vision’s Sports Sub-Editor); Leo Kabunga – (New Vision’s senior Sports Reporter) and Simon Peter Ekarot (New Vision’s Sports Reporter). Earlier in 1998, Daily Monitor’s Sports Editor, Rashid Mudin, together with Sunday Monitor Editor, Richard Tebere had perished during a Karamoja Cannonball Rally.