Reports confirm that one individual was killed and numerous people were hurt in the stampede that occurred while bursary forms were being given out in Githurai 45, Kiambu County.
The unfortunate incident is reported to have happened on Monday after the 45-year-old victim left his house early in the morning to collect the bursary form.
According to sources privy to the incident, the deceased, identified as James, whose take-a-number queue number was 783, was shoved to the ground and trampled on by fellow applicants after a tussle over who should be served first ensued.
“The crowd was big.James was number 783, they started pushing each other in the queues and unfortunately, he fell, and people ran over him. Three other women were also injured and rushed to a nearby hospital,” the source said.
The deceased was rushed to a nearby health facility before being referred to the Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH) for specialised treatment.
Unfortunately, the deceased was pronounced dead on arrival, and his remains were later moved to the Kenyatta University Funeral Home.
His family decried the manner in which the distribution of the bursary forms was done and faulted Ruiru MP Simon Kang’ara’s office for the poor arrangement of the exercise.
“At the moment we know the economy is bad. If you call people to give them bursaries, they will come in numbers. The MP should have known that and made proper arrangements on managing large crowds, my uncle should not have died,” his relative said.
The incident led to the suspension of the form distribution exercise in the area.