By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. On Thursday, Ugandans woke up to sad news of the passing of legendary rally driver cum businessman Charles Muhangi.
Muhangi (65) was found dead in bed at his home in Buziga, a Kampala City Suburb.
The cause of his death remains a subject of investigation and the body is currently at Mulago Hospital for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death and guide police investigations.
As police dig into what could have killed the rally ace, Kampala Post takes you through some highlights of the deceased’s rallying career.
Muhangi made his debut in local rally in the mid-1990s, winning the national rally championship in 1998. He went on to win the African Rally championship the following year (1999).
Muhangi used an inferior Subaru N4, nicknamed ‘Ekitaagururo’ by his fans, to conquer the continent. This left most of his fans imagining what he would do if availed a powerful machine such as the Subaru N12.
He is the only black African to have won the continental crown.
Muhangi the Businessman
Muhangi has been the owner of Horizon Coaches, one of the leading bus companies in the country and other properties in the City. At the time of his death, he has been embroiled in a battle to repossess his Qualicel Bus Terminal from another tycoon Drake Lubega. Last month, President Yoweri Museveni met the two businessmen and pledged to iron out the property dispute.
Since news of Muhangi's death trickled in, several Ugandans took to social media to eulogize the man they say wasn't only a legendary rally driver but also a key player in the transformation of the transport sector.
"He(Muhangi) played a key role in the transformation of the private transport business with his bus company Horizon Coaches," business journalist Mark Keith Muhumuza said on twitter.