Rwanda: Minister Nshuti signals cyclists on tour in the region

The Minister of State for East African Community Affairs, Prof. Manasseh Nshuti on Wednesday, September 7, reported a group of cyclists who left for Uganda as part of a cycling tour in courses in the East African Community.

Dubbed the Great Africa Cycling Safari, the tour brings together cyclists from Partner States who cross the EAC as a team to promote regional integration.

The cycling tour, which is in its fifth edition, brings together 35 cyclists representing their respective countries. They started the tour on August 1 in Mombasa, Kenya and have so far passed through Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma in Tanzania before heading to Bujumbura, Burundi.

They arrived in Rwanda on Monday, September 5, where, among other activities, they participated in environmental conservation activities in the Gashora sector before traveling to Kigali to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

The cyclists met Nshuti before heading to Uganda. Nshuti praised the cyclist’s role in educating people he meets about regional integration.

“As their motto ‘One People One Destiny’ states, we have so much in common and coming together as a unit makes us stronger. These riders are riding around not only on their bikes but also to help us to raise awareness of the role of the East African Community and the coming together of the peoples of the region,” Nshuti said.

According to John Balongo, founder and director of Great Africa Cycling Safari, the tour experience this time around has been both good and bad.

“It was good, on the one hand, because the safety of the cyclists is taken care of at all costs in every country they pass through and we are happy that the tour is at least half sponsored with the support of the private sector. “, Balonga said. .

“But we had a challenge of climate change in some pots where some places are very hot and some places are extremely cold. Also in a group of cyclists from countries who speak different languages, you find it difficult to establish clear communication . But we succeeded because most of them use either Kiswahili or English.”

The cyclists will end their tour in Kenya. In the end, they will have cycled through the region for 55 days and covered a distance of more than 6,000 kilometres. At the end of the tour, each participating cyclist will be rewarded with a prize.

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