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Not even curfews or cops will stop us from night running activities
Night runners in Kenya will continue with their athletic activities despite a countrywide curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Jack Songo, self proclaimed Chair of the Night Runners Association of Kenya explained that his members are immune to the night ‘lockdown’ and that although cops are also afraid to see them naked.
"We are going as usual from 10pm because we run the world, we have special charms to protect us so that police cannot see us running,” he told The Nairobian.
Songo says members start running from 10pm to across most counties and, “we meet every night before disbursing for night-running.”
Songo from Pala village in Homa Bay claims to be ‘expert’ who has risen through the ranks among fellow “enthusiasts of the sport” to become a democratically elected chairman of all night runners in Kenya.
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“In Nairobi, we have 1,300 members, but only 700 are active. The rest are either too old or live in restricted places where they can’t practice their craft,” he explained in a previous interview with The Nairobian, adding that night running is practiced in the dark with the only light coming from the moon, “But Nairobi estates are all well-lit, making it hard to get in the mood for their practice,” and most night runners prefer the city’s outskirts like Njiru, Limuru, Ruiru, Ruai, and Thika.
“I urge Kenyans to respect and give night runners a chance to do what they do best. We don’t steal, and we don’t hurt people, so no one should bother us,” says the man who first sat for KCSE around 17 years ago and scored a C-plus, but lost his certificate and sat for fresh exams last year but scored C-minus.
Atheists in Kenya (AIK) Chairman Harrison Mumia stated that night running was associated with superstition in many African communities, which atheists don’t subscribe to and encouraged him to approach the association with a clear proposal so that they can consider helping him focus more on important issues, other than night running