By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-Hakim Owiny a student of Public administration has embarked on an epic 565-kilometer Journey from Kampala to Nairobi as he spreads the gospel of adopting smart cities as a means of mitigating climate change.
Owiny set off from Kampala on Monday 28th August 2023 and is set to reach Nairobi in a week.
"I expect to reach Nairobi on Monday, 4th September 2023 after which I will go for the Africa Climate Summit where we shall be discussing different ways of mitigating climate change," he said in an interview before he set off.
"This journey is all about inspiring everyone to adopt cycling as a smart Environmental means of transport to mitigate climate change."
"We all have a key role to play in accelerating climate solutions and transitioning to greener economies."
Owinyi reached Iganga town at 7:00 PM on Monday and it was there that he spent a night before resuming his journey early on Tuesday morning.
"Regardless of the late start due to heavy rain, I managed to reach Iganga at 7 p.m. Thanks to cycling Communities @FunCyclingUg @Kyewaggula_Home, and other organizations," Owiny wrote on twitter upon his arrival in Iganga.
He plans to spend Tuesday night at the Kenya-Uganda border in Busia before entering Kenya on Wednesday morning. He expects to be in Kericho by Thursday, Nakuru on Friday, and finally Nairobi on Monday, 4th September 2023.
It should be noted that the bicycle Owiny is using is not an ordinary one. It is an electronic rechargeable bicycle. Charging this bicycle to full capacity takes a minimum of six hours.
"One full charge can ride up to 800 kilometers," Owiny told reporters on Monday.
Owiny also boasts of another incredible achievement of walking from Kampala to Adis Ababa to popularize the Africa Agenda 2063.
"I walked into Adidas Ababa to popularise African Agenda 2063. It took me two months to complete the 24021-kilometer Journey to Adis Ababa."
"I hitchhiked in some places because of security along the way especially in deserts."
Owiny is set to attend the Africa Climate Summit when he reaches Nairobi on Monday.