Friday, 31 August 2012

3 people feared dead at Police graduation ceremony in Kenya

Administration Poilce Officer Derick Kangayia (centre) his mother Fridah Kangayia (right) and wife Petronila after the officer graduated on Friday,August 31.4 000 officers passed out and will enhance security surveillance as Kenya prepares to hold its General election in 2013.Picture by Robinson Ambayo
At least 3 people are feared dead at the Administration Police training college in Nairobi,Kenya after a stampede occured at the gate to the college where President Mwai Kibaki was presiding over a graduation ceremony for 4 000 police officers on Friday,August 31.
Our reporters at the scene have reported that the number of people who attended the event were too many. The crowd had surged at the entrance and were struggling to get into the venue when the stampede happened. The entrances along the new by-pass had been sealed by police to enable screening of those who were getting in as part of measures to tame terrorism. Kibaki had arrived at the event and it was getting underway when the incident happened.
"We had to ensure those who got into the event were safe for us. Screening was a must for all and that is what caused the surge," said one officer who was at the scene.
Those injured were attended to  by medics who were rushed there while others were taken to local hospitals.
This is the last time that President Kibaki is officiating at the graduation ceremony because his term of office is about to end awaiting general election to be held in March next year.

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