Whether it is a serious bout of inferiority complex or a hangover from the colonial period, it is hard to tell. Either way, a commonly held belief is that light skinned people in Kenya, and specifically Caucasians, or White people, are all rich and would never ask for money from anyone. However, the ongoing predicament of Lisa Christoffersen, a woman of European heritage residing in Kenya and who has now turned to well-wishers, offers a different side to the narrative.
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation television newscaster Pauline Shegu and Lisa Christoffersen are an all-ladies crew that will participate in the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally scheduled for June 23 – 26.
The two who will be using a Subaru Impreza will be among the 44 drivers who have confirmed participation in the global spectacle that starts on Thursday next week outside the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.
However, Lisa has been forthcoming about the financial difficulties facing them and has called upon well-wishers whether from the corporate world or wherever, to lend a helping hand and assist them in their efforts. She said Motorsport is no cheap venture, and it has really strained their resources.
This goes contrary to the popular belief that all White people living in the country have more than enough to spare.
A total of 27 foreigners will compete in the World Rally Championship category,as last year’s Kenya and Africa champion Carl Tundo leads 17 local drivers in the national championship category while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10
Phineas Kimathi, the CEO of the WRC Safari Rally, and also the Chairman of the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF), has said it is all systems go for the championship which returned to Kenya in 2020, after a two-decade hiatus.
“The Rally was coming back to Kenya after 19 years and we were bound to make mistakes. But we will be better this time around. For instance, we were not able to accommodate people in one place but this time around we have that catered for. Also we have a linking road from Mai Mahiu and the cars will not pass through Naivasha town as was the case last year that caused massive traffic,” regretted Kimathi.
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