Tea lady, unfortunately, causes Mashujaa Day stampede that leaves 4 women dead

Piece by: SHARON MWENDE
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• They passed away while undergoing treatment at the county Referral hospital.

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Following a stampede at gate "C" of the Kericho Green Stadium at 3 in the morning on Friday, four people have perished.

According to the police, the four died while receiving medical care at the county referral hospital.

The Mashujaa Day stampede was caused by a lady who was selling tea outside the stadium who accidentally spilled hot tea in the fire near along the public road.

This resulted in a public panic which was mistaken for a teargas thrown to them.

"Several people who wanted to gain entry to the stadium were injured and rushed to Kericho County Referral Hospital on board station motor vehicle and county government ambulances," police said.

"At the said hospital, four unknown females have been confirmed dead."

Three police officers are among those hurt; one of them has a right leg fracture, another has a cut over his right eye, and the third has a head wound.

Two of them are community health promoters, one of whom had a neck injury, and the other of whom suffered back and left leg injuries.

There have been reports of soft tissue damage in four of the 13 victims.

The backs, legs, shoulders, and chests of the others were hurt.

The injured individuals range in age from 17 to 67.

"They are all in stable and receiving treatment at Kericho County Referral Hospital," police said.

"The dead bodies have been taken to the morgue pending identification and postmortem," 

Before the incident, people had started streaming into the Kericho Green Stadium at 1 am.

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