Kenya men's volleyball players provide tight security at Women's African champs

18 June 2015

Nairobi, Kenya, June 18, 2015- There is tight security at the venue of the 2015 Women's Africa Nations Championship at Kasarani Indoor Arena in Nairobi Kenya.

 

The host country is currently experiencing security challenges with frequent attacks from the Somali based militant, Al-Shaabab but the safety of the many fans who throng the match venue since day one has been well taken care of by the elite force.

 

Interestingly, the plain clothed 'invisible' security personels are made up, mostly of players from Kenya Volleyball clubs.

 

Kenya Volleyball league is infiltrated by players from the Police Service and para military clubs like General Service Unit (GSU) , Administration Police, Forest Rangers Services and the Army, Kenya Defence Forces (Ulinzi).

 

While Kenyan men's team are yet to kick-start their preparation for the Men's African Nations Championship in July, 2015 to be staged in Egypt, majority of the security at the venue, are volleyball players who have put on a different hat in this Championships, providing the most vital service in any competition, security, and in away maybe as a moral support to their sisters and the visiting teams.

 

The players, mostly drawn from the dreaded GSU, a paramilitary Police service with special training to deal with violence and terrorism every entry and exit points.

 

Other national team players like Kenya men's national team first setter and assistant captain, Elisha Aliwa who last represented the country at Africa Zone 5-All Africa Games qualifiers in Rwanda where they lost the Congo Brazzaville ticket to the hosts; Salome Wanjala, second setter with Kenya Prisons (women) at the 2014 women's Africa Club Cup Championship and Elijah Bosire, a setter with newly formed Nairobi Water (men) are also volunteering their services at the VIS desks.

 

The loyal fans are also treated to side shows off the court with 'Isikutu' dance, a local traditional type of music made from the sound of a drum made of dead animal skin wrapped over a hollow container

 

The sweet tune reverberating from the instrument is usually played during merry making. The Isikuti is famous with inhabitants from western part of Kenya but slowly being embarrassed by the City dwellers.

 

  

By Elvince Joshhua from Kenya