Edwin Kalule, the 2018 two wheel drive champion, has died.
Kalule succumbed to injuries sustained on April 14, 2019 following an unfortunate accident during the penultimate stage of the Southern Motor Club rally in Masaka. This after Susan Muwonge’s car lost control and rammed into several fans at Kalunumu section, including the defending champ.
The rally was won by Ponsiano Lwakataka.
The injured fans were rushed to Masaka hospital, while Kalule, a fervent Muwonge fan, was airlifted to Nsambya hospital and placed under life support with reports earlier indicating severe damage to his internal organs.
He died on Easter Monday.
Kalule started his rallying career in 2015 going on to win his first rally in the 2-wheel drive category at the MOSAC Elgon Rally.
He won nine out of the 21 rally starts he had in the category. His crowning moment, however, came in 2018 dominating and winning the 2WD class, winning four out of the seven races.
Kalule however decided to take a sabbatical from rallying for the 2019 season as he was to launch his main national rally career.
As many mourn his death, Kalule will be remembered as a jolly, charitable, social, loving and great friend to many. His good character and unending love will remain a precious memory to fans and competitors as well.
“I went to school with Edwin. He was such a jolly fella and loved his sports. He was such a great supporter of rally. So sad he has left us,” Ssenyange told Watchdog Uganda.
Brush with death
Last year, Kalule’s Toyota Celica car lost control and rammed into fans during a sprint held at Festino Cite in Mukono.
“Yes, there was an accident, but we are lucky no one died. Only two got serious injuries fracturing their legs, but the rest got minor injuries,” Clerk of the Course Charles Ssemengo said then.