31 heading to Ruto’s inauguration injured as bus rolls at Sachangwan
At least 31 people were on Monday evening injured after a bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident at Sachangwan on the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway.
The victims were among Kenya Kwanza supporters from Kakamega County travelling to Nairobi to attend the inauguration of President-elect William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua at the Kasarani stadium on Tuesday.
Molo OCPD Mwenda Muthamia said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle and crushed.
“A school bus ferrying civilians to Nairobi from Western region has landed in a ditch at Salgaa. Five passengers are being attended to at the Molo hospital,” said Muthamia.
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He said that there were no deaths and it was not immediately clear how many passengers were on board the bus at the time of the accident.
“The bus has a capacity of 62 passengers, five passengers were seriously injured and are receiving treatment at Nakuru Level 6 Hospital. 14 other passengers sustained minor injuries and were rushed to Molo Sub-county Hospital for medical attention,” he added.
On Tuesday, the National Police Service (NPS) Spokesperson Bruno Shioso urged members of the public to make alternative arrangements to view the proceedings of the inauguration of the country’s 5th President.
He said this after the venue at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani (Heroes Stadium), filled to capacity.
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Following this, Shioso urged Kenyans to follow the proceedings from the comfort of their homes. Police said the stadium had already filled to capacity by 5 am.
“In anticipation of being part of history, Kenyans have thronged the venue in large numbers. By 5 am this morning, the venue had already filled to capacity, as more people continue to troop to the venue.”
On Thursday, thousands of people from the North Rift counties embarked on their journey to Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi ahead of the swearing-in.
Hundreds of school buses and Public Service Vehicles were hired to ferry locals from different parts of the region, departing from strategic locations and at intervals.
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