How to avoid chaos, deaths during public ceremonies
Last Friday was a happy day for hundreds of families across the country. Some 3,969 new officers were passing out at the Administration Police Training College in Embakasi. That meant 3,969 families and relatives attending the ceremony from all corners of the country.
That explains the uncountable buses, mostly school buses from all cities, towns and villages. College and university graduations are a big deal in Kenya and, therefore, hawkers and pick-pockets are also well represented during the once-in-a-year events.
But while the ceremonies are important, it is crucial to control the number of attendants to avert the kind of chaos and death that was witnessed during the pass out at Embakasi.
Some institutions allow only small number of visitors to witness such ceremonies.
Usually each graduand is given a maximum of three or four visitor invitation cards.
That way, joy-riding villagers, hawkers, petty thieves and rabble-rousers are kept at bay.
That way, managing the crowd becomes much easier.
Here, no one knows about Mututho
Mr Aricolen Lasho wonders whether ‘ Mututho law’ is still in force. From what he sees at Muthurwa and its environs, he thinks the law, if itstill exists, is only is only in writing.
Lasho claims that pubs in Muthurwa, some only 100 metres from Muthurwa police post, sell alcohol as early as 6am. By 8am the pub is full to the brim with patrons, some of who he suspect are muggers who “operate from muthurwa and railways containers”.