One person has succumbed to injuries sustained following the collapse of a building at Karatina Stadium in Nyeri County during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign rally.
According to Mathira OCPD Mathew Gwiyo, the deceased died on Sunday night while receiving treatment.
Mathira East sub-County Commissioner Mr Peter Thiong’o on Monday identified the man as George Kabui, a boda-boda operator from Konyu ward in Mathira constituency.
According to hospital sources, he succumbed to severe head injuries.
President Kenyatta sent his condolences saying: “I am saddened by the death of one that occurred after the Nyeri campaign rally. My sincere condolences and a quick recovery to those injured.”
Three other people were seriously injured and fourteen others were treated for minor injuries and discharged from Karatina Sub-County Hospital.
The affected were sitting on the roof of the building when it collapsed as Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu was addressing the crowd.
The rally was temporarily disrupted as a shocked President Kenyatta watched from the dais.
Peter Lomoni, who was injured in the incident, said they were about to climb down from the building fearing it would collapse.
“There was too many of us and we feared it would collapse. As we were about to climb down it caved in,” he said.