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Malkia Ace Wanja Denies Sex Allegations

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National women's volleyball team setter Janet Wanja has vehemently denied reports on a section of the media that an official of Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) had approached her for sexual favours in exchange for positions at the national team.

This follows reports that appeared on the controversial weekly Newspaper, The Nairobian, who published an 'expose' titled 'Sex Scandal Rocks Malkia Strikers', where they alleged that a senior KVF official, among others, had asked for sexual favours from a section of national women's volleyball team.

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"I am disappointed by this story," said Wanja who in a joint press conference with the entire executive.

Wanja though confirmed that the said Paper sought her opinion on the story, she however denied discussing the topic with the writer whom she has threatened to take legal action against.

"I have a family. If my mother or husband read this then I don't know what might happen. I work with a big company and if my bosses read such a negative story about me I can even lose my job," said an emotional Wanja.

"Lawrence (writer) called me twice. The first time, he asked me about the story and I told him that I will call him back, when he called the second time, I never picked his call because I knew what he wanted. I'm really disappointed."

"It is true we have differences with Kipkemei Sirma (KVF second vice chairman) but it has got nothing to do with (intimate) relationship. It's only that our blood can't mix," added Wanja.

Report to relevant bodies

At the same time, KVF President Waithaka Kioni appealed to players to report any sexual harassment to relevant organisations like Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

"Sexual harassment is a criminal offense and I would appeal to any player not to hesitate on reporting such things to us, their respective clubs or even relevant organisations like FIDA when they feel that they are being assaulted.

"I can assure you we will take up the matter immediately as long as there is evidence," affirmed Kioni who demanded for the retraction of the story by the Nairobian failure to which they will take legal action for character assassination of their players and officials.

"As a federation we are deeply disappointed by this malicious story which has no basis. It is our obligation as the national executive to defend the characters of our players," said the national volleyball boss.

"We are going to serve the Nairobian with a letter to offer an apology failure to which we shall redeem our character in a court of law," threatened Kioni who accused former federation officials who lost in the last election for being behind the story.

"It is a given fact that (some) people behind this story are those who lost in the previous elections and want to destroy the name of the federation."

"As a federation however, we will not hesitate to take disciplinary action on any member of the federation who has prey on the players."

Misquoted

KVF second vice chairman Martin Makhoha who was quoted on the story for pointing accusing fingers on a Journalist for preying on Volleyball players also said that he was quoted out of context.

"What I said is that some journalists are very close with some players but I was so surprised of what was printed," said Makhoha.

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Malkia Felled as Losing Streak Extended

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Kenya put a brave display in the third set but still went down by straight sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-22) to Puerto Rico in their first match of the second round of World Grand Prix in Colombia Friday evening.

Kenya lost the opening set 25-11 more to the dismay of both the technical bench and fans but realised that their opponents could be beaten as the game progressed. Malkia Strikers' performance improved especially after the introduction of Trizah Atuka who came in for Edith Wisha.

Atuka, the Kenya Pipeline star who is trying to fill the big hole left by Ruth Jepng'etich who is still recuperating from chronic illness since last August, helped Kenya catch up with Puerto Rico at 17 ups. The two teams then exchanged a see-saw lead (18-17, 18-18,19-18, 19-19) but a double fault by Everline Makuto saw Puerto Rico take a four point lead before the Olympic bound side wrapped up the second set with a block for a  25-20.

Kenya then found themselves trailing by eight points in the third set but the African Queens worked their muscles, narrowly losing by a mere three point. 

That performance earned them praise from Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) chairman Waithaka Kioni who immediately sent his congratulatory message to the team for putting up a fight. 

"Good effort team...let's maintain that spirit..." Kioni wrote on a Volleyball WhatsApp group.

Kenya will now take on Colombia before winding their South American tour with a match against Argentina Sunday.

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