Kisumu Stages National Inter-Counties Karate ChampionshipsOshikoto Region Records Traffic Violations and Crimes During Festive Season Operation

Kisumu, Kenya – Kisumu County recently hosted the National Inter-Counties Karate Championships, attracting over 12 teams from various parts of the country. The event, held on Sunday, was a collaborative effort between the Kenya Karate Federation and the Kisumu County Karate Association.

According to Kenya News Agency, Assistant Technical Director of the Kenya Karate Federation, the national club championships are typically held towards the end of the year, from October to December. The event included over six categories, featuring senior male and female team 'kata' and 'Kumite', as well as a special category for juniors under 16 years for both boys and girls. 'Kumite' refers to the fighting aspect of karate, while 'kata' involves a series of movements and techniques performed before a panel of judges. Gichine explained, "During this championship, we usually select members of the national team to participate in the All African Games," which are scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana, in March 2024.

Dr. Mark Ouche, Chairman of the Lake Region Karate Association and founder of the Kisumu Karate Academy, noted the growth of karate in the region. He mentioned that several clubs and schools, including Kisumu Boys School and Jalaram Academy, have fully embraced the sport. Despite this growth, Dr. Ouche expressed concerns about the limited financial support for karate compared to other sports like football. "Since sports is devolved, it is expected that the county government should come up with support schemes for all sporting activities, including karate," he stated. Dr. Ouche also clarified the distinction between karate and similar martial arts like Taekwondo, noting that karate integrates elements of Judo and boxing and can vary in intensity from a vicious art to a moderated form for sports scoring.

Martin Maina from the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) team, which defended its title in the male kata category, encouraged youth participation in karate. "I would like to tell other youth to join the great art of karate, which keeps you busy and away from drugs because of the discipline it dispels," he advised. The KNH female team also secured a gold medal, while the Kenya Police Service teams B and A earned silver and bronze, respectively, in the same category.

In the male Kumite category, the Kenya Police Service emerged victorious, while the Moi University team clinched gold in the female category.

Oshikoto Region, Namibia – The Oshikoto Namibian Police Force issued a total of 93 traffic summons for violations during the festive season operation period, highlighting the need for vigilance on the road.

According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Deputy Commissioner Wynand Neels of the Oshikoto Namibian Police Force, in a crime update issued on Monday, reported various incidents recorded between November 17 and 27, 2023. The region experienced two serious accidents resulting in six serious injuries and two fatalities. Neels noted that vehicle movement on national roads is moderate, but the wet and rainy season conditions, especially on gravel roads, have impacted drivers, leading to loss of control and accidents. In addition to traffic violations, the region recorded one alleged murder and one arrest, one rape and arrest case, an assault related to gender-based violence with two arrests, two stock thefts with two arrests, and four cases of possession of illicit goods with four arrests. Additionally, one arrest was made for contravention of petroleum products and energy. The festive season operation in the region is scheduled to end on January 17, 2024.