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PHOTOS: Kasarani packed to the rafters, police ask Kenyans to watch event from home

Military officers conduct final drills before the arrival of President-elect William Ruto. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Police have asked Kenyans thronging the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani for the inauguration of Dr. William Ruto as the 5th President of Kenya, to follow the proceedings from home.

In a press statement to newsrooms, Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso said the stadium was filled to capacity by Tuesday, 5am September 13 and the numbers are expected to rise further.

Security teams attend to injured Kenyans following a security breach at Kasarani. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

“To avoid logistical challenges, this is to request the public to make alternative arrangements to view the proceedings, especially from the comfort of their homes,” Shioso said.

As at 8:20am, police were struggling to control the crowds that were forcing their way into the already filled sports complex. 

Kenyans are already seated at the Kasarani Stadium. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Scores were injured following a stampede at one of the entrances at the stadium after hundreds of Wananchi bypassed the security manning the gate.

First aiders at the scene managed to rush those injured to awaiting ambulances.

Security officers move to contain crowds following a breach at one of the entrances. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
Some of the Kenyans try to jump over the fence. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
Security officers try to contain crowds as they charged to make their way to the Stadium. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
Security officers contain charged crowds. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
More Kenyans troop at Kasarani. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
Military officers in the final drill before the main event. [Samson Wire, Standard]
Military officers in final drills before the main event. [Samson Wire, Standard]
Military officers conduct final drills ahead of the swearing-in event. [Samson Wire, Standard]
Kenyans try to find the perfect spot to follow the swearing-in event. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]
The banner of the incoming president William Ruto. [Samson Wire, Standard]
Hawkers sell their wares around Kasarani Stadium. [Nathan Ochunge, Standard]
A hawker displays her wares outside Kasarani Stadium. [Nathan Ochgunge, Standard]
Women try to climb a wall to make their way to the stadium. [Nathan Ochunge, Standard]

Photos by Denish Ochieng, Samson Wire and Nathan Ochunge.