Cycling 750 kilometres to the Moot
One of the most amazing stories so far told by moot participants is from three Ugandan Rovers, Daniel Nanghaka, Isaac Mubiru and Asaph Kasuja, who had the most spectacular ride to the Moot.
While other participants used planes, trains or buses, the trio rode bicycles from Kampala to Nairobi, a journey of over 750 kilometres.
Theirs was a mission to kill two birds with one stone – preaching peace and attending the Moot.
“We set out from Kampala on July 20th, 2010 heading towards Kenya. Along the way we planted trees in line with Baden Powell’s call to be at peace with the environment,” narrates Nanghaka, the bikers’ leader.
“We are intending to cycle to Sweden for the Jamboree next year. We are planning to set out from Uganda on February 11th, 2011 so that we can be in Nyeri on February 20th, 2011 for the Founder’s Day celebrations. Then we will embark on our journey through Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark and then Sweden by July. This is a journey of 12,000 kilometres but we are confident of making it,” says Nanghaka.
“We want to continue with our mission of being at peace with the environment. Along the way we will be planting trees and sensitizing young people on the need to join Scouting as we did on our way to Nairobi for the Moot,” explains Mubiru.
The head of Ugandan contingent in the Moot, Mathius Lukwago is full of praise for the three for their audacity and hopes that they will get sufficient sponsorship to embark on the cycling journey to Sweden next year.
The Ugandan trio attests to the Scout’s determination and resilience.
Story: Peter Ngare, Kenya
Photos: Jim Castelic