Rally driver succumbs to covid-19
By Our Team
The Uganda Rallying community is mourning the death of rally driver Wilberforce Polepole who passed away on Tuesday due to Covid-19 complications.
Polepole, who was also the National Resistance Movement Chairman of Rwashemeire Town Council, succumbed to death a week after being photographed together with his close friend – the late Polly Matsiko, Chairman of Nyabushenyi Sub-county who also passed on.
Family members who spoke to New Vision noted that the was first admitted at the Entebbe hospital last week before he was transferred to Victoria hospital, Kampala were he lost his life on Tuesday evening.
Polepole achieved his first career victory during Collines Milles Rally in Rwanda in 2016 with Joseph Bongole as his co-driver.
Several colleagues and friends and family members on Wednesday morning turned up at All saints Church Nakasero to mourn Polepole.
Beth Treasure had a statement celebrating the life of Polepole.
“I learnt to take the loss of loved ones with a different kind of energy.
I celebrate you Pole, for the years God has blessed us with you, for the a mount of love you have showed us as a family over the years, and am glad you were very aware we loved you back.
We were blessed to have known you for this long, many die at birth but we thank God for the time he has blessed us with you. You have left a legacy, we shall surely miss you.”
John Burrows described the deceased as a risk taker who had decided to take on the rallying spot to entertain his fans on his budget. He noted that his death was a very big loss to Uganda as a country and that Polepole was a true sportsman.
Popular rally driver Desh Kananura noted that he was hurt by Pole’s death but that they would soldier on.
He will be buried today in Ntungamo today.