Kenya: Woman Dies in Scramble for Child's Bursary in Roysambu

12 December 2018

One person died and four others sustained serious injuries in a stampede on Tuesday as they pushed their way into Roysambu constituency office.

Area MP Waihenya Ndirangu said the deceased, a woman, died minutes after being reaching Ridgeways Hospital.

Those injured were rushed to Neema Hospital, with one woman transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital after severely injuring her leg.

The MP and his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) officials routinely meets constituents before determining those in need of bursaries.

Witnesses told Nairobi News that the stampede started as soon as the MP stepped into the office and ordered that the crowd that had gathered outside the gate be allowed in.

"There was a stampede at the entrance of the office, people were pushing their ways through," said James Kamau.

Another witness Mary Muthoni said the crowd dashed to the office when the gates were opened.

"It is absurd, I thank God that am even alive because I was also pushed to the ground but people helped me up," she said.

The MP blamed the stampede to a section of rowdy youths who arrived at the office in the wee hours of the morning.

"I send my condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones and also wish the ones in hospital quick recovery," he said.

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