Kenya: Chaos Rock Likoni Ferry Crossing

General Service Unit officers took over the Likoni ferry crossing channel in Mombasa on March 26.

Chaos erupted Thursday at the Likoni Channel after angry commuters defied social distancing order and boarded a ferry en masse.

Hundreds of commuters hurled stones at police officers who were at the channel to implement the order.

During the Thursday evening chaotic scene, several people were injured in a stampede.

Kenya Red Cross personnel arrived at the scene and took some of the victims to hospital.

Screening machines were vandalised by rowdy pedestrians.

Following the incident, there was a traffic snarl-up on the island side.

The chaos erupted hours after Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata announced that police will ensure social distancing is observed by pedestrians on ferries.

Mr Elungata said commuters will queue at the waiting bay and observe and stand at least a metre away from each other.

One ferry can carry up to 1,400 people per trip, but during the social distancing demonstration on Thursday not more than 300 people were allowed to board.

More From: Nation

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.