- Juma Musakali, Lecturer in Journalism Studies at Moi University, was part of the organizers of the WRC Safari Rally
- Musakali said the valuable lessons he learned from the safari rally are speed and accuracy
- He thanked the Kenya National Motor Sports Federation for making it one of the organizers of the exciting event
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As the Kenya World Rally Championship came to an end on Sunday June 27, Kenyans couldn’t hide their excitement as they witnessed the event that last took place in Kenya 19 years ago.
Amid the Chronicles of the Naivasha and Subaru Boys that accompanied the event, some Kenyans quietly played a major role in making the event a success.
One of these Kenyans was a lecturer at Moi University who has a penchant for sports.
For a few days, Juma Musakali, a journalism professor at Moi University’s main campus in Kesses, put his academic hat aside to take on a role in the fast-paced and dusty affair of the WRC.
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“All I wanted was to be part of the highly anticipated event. I have accepted a position as Post Chief Marshal at Chui Junction,” he said hey TUKO.co.ke.
He observed that he had learned a lot from the event Sebastien Ogier won on a Toyota Yaris, some of which will find its way into his classroom teaching.
âAs a lecturer, you need something outside of the classroom that adds value to your teaching activities. Motorsport is my passion for me. I was actually refreshed by the Kenyan edition of WRC 2021, “he noted.
Speed ââand accuracy
Valuable lessons learned from the safari rally, he says; Speed ââand accuracy.
“Understanding the benefits of speed and accuracy in auto racing will help me make quick plans and execute them as accurately and timely as possible,” he said.
He also cited the importance and emphasis on safety measures in sports as another important lesson.
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âAnother important point is the element of security in relation to the environment. I better understand the importance of establishing and maintaining safety measures in every aspect of life, including my career, “he added.
Juma is grateful to the Kenyan Motorsport Federation for the appointment to organize the event.
He said he was selected after submitting his application to the association.
He attributed his skills to his membership of the Western Kenya Motor Club, which he said was his podium for participation in an international rallying activity.
âThere were tenders for marshals. I applied through my club in April and managed to go through all of the screening processes to become a Post Chief Marshal, “explained Musakali.
Together with other successful applicants, the organizers guided them through an intensive but exciting training session and divided them into different roles.
âAt Kasarani we were guided through the FIA ââapproved training modules to the end so we could understand all of our tasks. Based on my years of experience, I was given the role of Chief Marshal at the WRC. My job was to inform, guide and control the attendees throughout the event and to ensure that safety is guaranteed, âhe said.
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He said if an incident should arise, the marshal is expected to contact the security officer, observe the crew to see if they are okay, and also contact the medical team for assistance .
âThis should be done within seconds so that the safety of the crew and the spectators is maintained. A good example is an unfortunate accident in which Tejveer’s car was involved after it rolled over several times in the Kedong area.
His bold love of classic cars and motorsport led him to become an active member of motorsport groups in Eldoret.
âI was introduced to motorsport in the 1980s by my eldest brother, John Musakali. He loved cars and once took part in a local rally. I was enthusiastic about his love of speed. His conversations were all about cars and their models, a step that brought me closer to the sport, âhe added.
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Later he bought two vintage cars; a Toyota Celica and the famous Voxy car that he still uses today.
Musakali recalls a time when they accompanied their older brother to a competition in the valleys of Iten and unfortunately their vehicle got stuck, forcing them to spend a night in the wild.
âThis year’s event is part of the story that we will always remember. We will continue to enjoy the experience and share it with our children and future generations. Being part of the organizers felt good, âsaid Juma.
He appreciated the leadership of Moi University for giving him the opportunity to get involved in motorsport, and said it was vital to healthy development as an athlete and an instructor.
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