Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Rwanda for Arusha Rally

Arusha — RWANDA and Burundi are not exactly the names you are likely to see often in motor rally competitions, but the countries will this time be represented in such an event to be held here next week.

The Chairman of Arusha Motor Sports Club (AMSC) Stephen Lohay, stated here that all the five East African Community (EAC) member states, namely Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, as well as the host Tanzania will be taking part in the motor rally race being held to honour Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.

The two day event will be raising dust (or skid in mud in case it rains) on the 3rd and 4th of November 2012, with more than 15 cars to be manned by over 30 participants expected to race in the wilderness of Arusha.

Rally routes according to the organizers, will be mapped mostly in the Savannah plains of Monduli district a windswept landscape normally dusty during drought, but likely to be swampy should the Vuli rains start precipitating next week as being predicted by the weatherman.

Over the past couple of years, the Guru Nanak rally event has been attracting motorists from all over the continent some being household names like Lola and Megan Verlaque, the Chana brothers and last year's defending champion Jas Mangat who returns again to retain the title in Arusha.

The Guru Nanak originally started as a way of bringing the Sikh community's generations and other prominent communities together through the motor sporting event.

The event is normally held to coincide with the celebrations of Guru's birthday and has turned out to be one of the leading motor race rallies in the country, the statement further added.

Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh religion and was considered a Guru (leader and teacher) by his followers, who reportedly came to redeem the Dark Age carrying the message "We Are All One," practice living purely, earn a living by honest means, practise charity and develop God consciousness and to lead people on the path of Truthful living by giving equal place to humans and equal rights to women. Overall his teachings taught to restrain and guard ourselves against the five thieves within, known as Pride, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Lust.

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