- Abiti is from Katrini Sub-county in Terego County in Arua district
- Few injury cases were recorded during the race that was largely peaceful
- The MTN race attracted several people who turned up to cheer the cyclists as they made their way to the finishing line at Arua Hill primary school grounds
Arua- Jimmy Abiti, a boda boda rider from Katrini Sub-county is now Shs 400,000 richer.
He borrowed money from his friends to repair the bicycle on Friday as he prepared to participate in the MTN Bicycle race competition. Abiti did not get carried away by the number of people who turned up for the race.
He started with determination and gained more stamina when he reached Airfield on their way back from Manibe round about. He left a huge gap and maintained the high margin till the finishing line.
“I am now rich with this money because I will plan what to do with this money with my family. I thank God for making me win so that I can refund the money I borrowed from my friends who helped me repair this old bicycle as you can see.”
The bicycle race started at MTN Service Center on Adumi road. The men covered a 25-kilometer race from Adumi road via Airfield to Manibe, back through Hospital road then to Mvara road round to Mango road, Weather head park lane through to Muni and Ewauata then back to Arua Hill grounds that was the finishing line.
Jackpot: Abiti with his bicycle after winning the race on Saturday.
Abiti said he has been riding bicycle in the past ten years as a boda-boda in order to earn a living. The winner walked away with Shs 400,000 and a Solar Panel.
Before the Bicycle race, MTN on Thursday launched the Momo Pay campaign to customers to adopt the new system of payments. On Friday, MTN also handed over a renovated Maternity Ward at Aroi Health Center III.
In the women’s race, Mr Eunice Miru, won the 15-kilometer race. Eunice is from Adumi Sub-county at the border enclave with DRCongo. The bicycle races are rarely organized in the district, but this one attracted many people as they raced through to emerge as winners.