Moses Lumala’s Rally Resurgence: A Triumph of Tenacity”


By: Mwambazi Lawrence

In a stunning development that has sent shockwaves through the world of motorsport, rally virtuoso Moses Lumala is set to make a triumphant return to the cockpit after a hiatus that left fans yearning for the roar of his engine.

Born and raised in the spirited enclave of Katwe-Kinyolo, Lumala’s name is synonymous with speed and skill, making his resurgence a cause for celebration among rallying enthusiasts.

Hailing from the Musu clan, Lumala’s journey is as diverse as the terrains he conquered during his illustrious career. Few may remember that before he became a rallying icon, he was a top-level footballer, showcasing his versatility in the world of sports. However, it was in 1992 that Lumala embarked on a different adventure, relocating to Japan and returning with a Toyota Levin Super Charger in 1994, laying the foundation for his enduring love affair with rally racing.

Moses Lumala and Moses Matovu in their Toyota Celica

The late ’90s witnessed Lumala’s meteoric rise as he transformed his Toyota Levin into a rally powerhouse. Battling against formidable competitors like Karim Hirji, Sam Ssali, Jimmy Dean, Gerald Kiddu, and Yusuf Karmali, Lumala’s journey to the summit of Ugandan rallying was marked by strategic acquisitions and unwavering determination.

By 1999, Lumala clinched his first National Rally Championship (NRC) title, overcoming the challenges posed by racing stalwarts such as Charlie Lubega, Charles Muhangi, and Emma Katto. Caltex recognized his potential and contributed a substantial sponsorship package of Shs 150 million, solidifying Lumala’s status as a motorsport luminary.

However, the road to success was not without its bumps. Lumala had to invest in multiple cars, strategically buying and selling to stay ahead of the competition. A move that paid off as he secured his championship in 1999 and emerged as a consistent threat over the subsequent years.

In 2003, Lumala showcased his resilience in a tension-packed Castrol-Mogas Independence rally, where he needed to finish at least second to secure the NRC title. Guided by navigator Cedric Buzabo, Lumala finished runner-up, snatching the championship and proving that he was a force to be reckoned with on the rallying circuit.

However, Lumala’s journey took an unexpected turn in 2004 when he shocked the rallying fraternity by stepping away from the sport just before the Caltex rally. While occasional guest appearances followed, Lumala shifted his focus to business, successfully managing ventures, including road construction under Nippon Parts (U) Ltd.

Moses Lumala’s Ford Fiesta

Now, on the cusp of 2024, Lumala looks to be making a return to the rallying scene after acquiring a Ford fiesta NRC EVO2 from Neiksans Rallysport the first of its kind in Uganda , reigniting the passion among fans who fondly remember his exploits on the track. As anticipation builds, the rallying community eagerly awaits the comeback of Moses Lumala, a driver whose tenacity and skill have left an indelible mark on Ugandan motorsport. The rallying maestro’s resurgence is poised to be a testament to his enduring love for the sport and a celebration of the triumph of tenacity over time.

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3 thoughts on “Moses Lumala’s Rally Resurgence: A Triumph of Tenacity”

    1. Welcome back Moses. I remember the way this guy drove the CELICA ST 185 (Tiger 1) in Caltex Havoline Rally 2001). I wish Charlie would come back as well

  1. Welcome back Moses. I remember the way this guy drove the CELICA ST 185 (Tiger 1) in Caltex Havoline Rally 2001). I wish Charlie would come back as well

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