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Several injured as crowd forces their way into Kasarani Stadium for Swearing-In-Ceremony {Video}

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By Judith Gicobi

Hundreds of Kenyans attending the inauguration of President-elect William Ruto caused chaos early on Tuesday morning at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani.

Police say they were unable to contain the multitude when it broke through the stadium’s barriers and entered without being searched minutes after 6AM.

Videos from the occasion showed throngs of spectators flooding the stadium while yelling furiously. Some even suffered injuries, and Red Cross workers could be seen removing the injured from the area.

 

“In anticipation of being part of history, Kenyans have thronged to the venue in large numbers. By 5.00 am this morning, the venue had already filled to capacity, as more people continued to troop to the venue,” Spokesperson Bruno Shioso said in a statement early in the morning.

“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.”

 

20 Heads of State will be among the 80,000 attendees during the inauguration ceremony when Dr. Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua assume office as Kenya’s fifth president and deputy president, respectively.

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The ceremony’s formal start time is at 8 a.m., and attendees are asked to find a seat before that time.

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