A group of cyclists have today called out for peace and freedom of movement across the East African Countries borders to promote trade, unity and tourism in the region.
The bikers were participating in the Great African Safari tour, aiming at covering 6,000km in 55 days cycling across borders of Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda advocating for oneness of East African communities.
The group was welcomed by County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Trade, Tourism and Cooperative Development Mary Mkare at Kilifi Bridge and proceeded to the Governor’s office where they relayed their message and addressed the media.
“Our main goal is to proclaim peace and urge our governments to open our borders, so that the people of East Africa can be free to move from one country and return without the need for many documents that are needed to cross the borders,” said Gift Munga, a cyclist from Kenya.
Munga added that the tour is also a way to promote tourism in East Africa because as they cycle, they visit tourist attraction centers making them tourist ambassadors. He revealed that there are many things tourists may want to see besides animals but also cultural activities that people engage in the country.
“I like what you are standing for, you say you are standing for peace and for us from the tourism sector, when there is no peace, there is no tourism. So, when there is peace is when tourism can thrive,” CEC member Mary Mkare said during her address to the media today.
Tanzanian representative cyclist Abdul Bango said their mission to proclaim unity and peace of the East African community is critical for the co-existence of its people. He disclosed that they also go around visiting common citizens to explain to them what the East African union is and how it works.
The Great African Safari tour partnered with SGA security to provide security for the cyclists across all borders of East African countries and ensure they are safe.
The bikers started their journey at Dar es Salaam and cycled to Lungalunga and later on to Kilifi. The team will cycle to Nairobi and proceed to Malaba border, where they will cross to Uganda, Burundi and back to Tanzania, where they will end their journey at East African Community offices in Arusha.