Ruto inauguration at Kasarani; 5 injured as crowd forces way into the stadium ahead of President-elect swearing-in.
At least five people were rushed to hospital after a crowd forced its way into Kasarani Stadium ahead of President-elect William Ruto’s inauguration.
The number of people overpowered the security guards at the gate, and their attempts to calm the agitated attendees failed.
The unruly throng forced its way past the security barrier and tore down a portion of the five-meter Kasarani perimeter wall.
However, police officers stepped in and controlled the situation, saving the injured from being crushed by the crowd.
The injured were taken for first aid treatment to a local hospital by Kenya Red Cross emergency care providers.
Minutes past 6 AM, police said they were unable to control the crowd, which broke the stadium’s fences and trooped in without being frisked.
Videos from the event showed hordes of people streaming into the stadium screaming hysterically. Some even sustained injuries, with Red Cross personnel seen evacuating the casualties out of the scene.
“In anticipation of being part of history, Kenyans have thronged the venue in large numbers. By 5.00 am this morning, the venue had already filled to capacity, as more people continue to troop to the venue.
“To avoid logistical challenges, this is to request the public to make alternative arrangements to view the proceedings, especially from the comfort of their homes,” police spokesperson, Bruno Shioso advised in a statement released on Tuesday morning, September 13.
“We thank you for your continued cooperation,” Shioso added.
William Ruto will be sworn in as the 5th President of Kenya, succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.