Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has said the Government will continue to host the annual Safari Rally, saying it was an iconic event for the country.
Speaking on Thursday when he flagged off this year’s round set to be hosted in Naivasha between Friday and Sunday at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, the DP said the event has not only cemented the country’s participation in the World Rally Championship but also has become an income earner.
“The WRC Safari Rally continues to be an important marketer of Kenya’s various touristic and cultural attractions. This is contributing immensely to about Sh6 billion pumped into the Kenyan economy annually through the rally’s ecosystems,” said the DP.
The DP said the Rally brought back fond memories when it was a must-attend event in the years back when it was hosted during the Easter weekend.
He said the Government will continue investing in the championship urging local drivers to strive to be part of the elite competition.
“This year, our administration has voted a considerable sum as a principal sponsor of the 2024 WRC Safari Rally. A few days ago, we hosted legends of the Safari Rally to dinner, to appreciate their contribution to the success of this heritage, over the years,” added the DP.