WRC Safari Rally organisers set to structure elaborate road safety program

The Government, through WRC Safari Rally organisation, is working together with various professionals to structure an elaborate road safety program to further embed the values of safe motoring.

Sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed made the announcement during the weekend’s Safari Rally retreat in Mombasa.

The CS noted that FIA’s operational priority is “Action For Road Safety” adding that “Kenya is obligated to follow suit as preparations for next year’s WRC Safari gather momentum’.
“The FIA President Mr. Jean

Todt is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. Recently, I was appointed to join the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety and will join other members for the annual meeting on 28th October 2020.

In this regard, we have enjoined the Kenya Automobile Association (AA), also an affiliate of FIA charged with the responsibility of handling mobility, to collaborate on this theme of road safety.”

“Our proposed intervention is to partner with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), to train the next generation of motorists on road safety, among other initiatives. We are in advanced discussions with President Jean Todt on a visit in the near future to launch this project.”

In keeping with Kenya’s intent to lead and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, Amina added: “We have mapped out a legacy project to secure sustainability and improve the conditions of our host institutions, host County and indeed, Kenya as a whole.

The legacy project is anchored on two themes: environmental conservation and road safety education.”

Amina said the “return of the emblematic Safari to the WRC is a seed that will inspire many of our people to move forward in life with enthusiastic hearts and with a clear sense of wholeness and an inspiration that has no limits.”

She went on: “I am very proud of the work that you have all put into preparing for this event. You have constantly raised the bar assuring to deliver the greatest WRC event across all Rally circuits. As promised, the Government will continue to provide the financial administrative and technical support necessary to facilitate the 2021 WRC Safari Rally Event.”

Amina said the journey towards the return of the Safari Rally to Kenya has brought many invaluable lessons; first, “that we must prepare better than we have in the past by working in concert with experts and allowing ample time to test preparations before the actual event.”

“We must synergize our operations as government, to enhance efficiency and guarantee effective delivery. We must remain open to learning and improving our structures to continue the tradition of hosting the most challenging WRC Rally course in the world.

I am glad to note that so far, we have observed these lessons with admirable precision prompting specific actions and responses on our part. We engaged the WRC promoter to work with us
systematically until the completion of the event and have, together, mapped out the route, engaged various manufacturers and teams to participate in the rally, set up the service park and continued to test the course to ensure that it brings the thrill, competitiveness and entertainment that the Safari Rally commanded before its suspension in 2002 Plans are afoot to plant 18 million trees over the next three years to commemorate the many years that the Safari Rally was out of the World Rally Championship (WRC).