You may perhaps have come across this vehicle and wondered why its passengers are all women extremely armed and torn in the military combat regalia, well you may have again wondered why they are all women in platoons?
Meet the Kenya’s female commando’s the RDU special weapons and tactics famously known as the SWAT team.
All women swat team is an elite all-female special weapon and tactics, swat team is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since the first batch was incepted in 2019, Kenya is the only country to have all Female Special Weapons and Tactics SWAT team.
The SWAT team comprises of 48 commandos all drawn from the administration police service AP they are trained to deal with terrorists like the Al Shabaab and armed guns like the Gaza family in Nairobi.
The team is trained in the application of Israel krav maga multiple weapons handling techniques, as well as explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
They’re also trained in judo, karate and taekwondo, the team boasts of sharp shooters in the region, a member of the group led the team to win a women’s shooting competition in Eastern Africa.
For the first batch of the SWAT team they underwent five months of intense physical training and combat training.
During the first phase of a 15-month training program the team patrols on foot in Nairobi and sometimes on all-terrain vehicles.
They were first visible in Nairobi streets during the funeral of former president Daniel Arap Moi.
A squad was formed when the country was facing the threats of Al-Shabab and organized criminal groups in Kenya like the Wakali Kwanzaa from Mombasa.
The team operates in groups of 10 with highly trained combat and tactical women, however they are yet to be involved in yet a serious operation to match the standards of Kenya’s elite Recce squad and the National Police Service Special Operations Unit.