An early morning stampede left four people dead and 13 others injured at Green Stadium in Kericho, at the venue of the 2023 Mashujaa Day celebrations on Friday, October 20th.
According to a police report seen by Kenyaonlinenews.com, the stampede occurred before President Ruto arrived to preside over the Mashujaa day celebrations took place at Gate C of the Kericho Green Stadium after a vendor selling hot tea outside accidentally spilled the beverage on people, causing a commotion.
“As a result, members of public panicked and mistook it to be a teargas thrown to them,” police said.
The incident caused a stampede that resulted in several injuries as attendees attempted to gain access to the grounds.
At least 13 people including three police officers were rushed to Kericho County Level 5 Hospital for treatment.
The 13 sustained serious injuries, some to the head, legs, eyes and their backs. Four other people sustained minor injuries and were treated and discharged.
The dead bodies were removed to the hospital’s morgue pending identification and postmortem.