Tension in Kisii as residents protest rejects the transfer of medical services

Police were deployed Wednesday evening at newly built Nduru Level 5 Hospital, South Mugirango in Kisii to foil the escalation of violent protests by residents who were agitated by a plan to transfer a medical equipment.

At least two people, a biomedical engineer and a driver, were severely injured during incident.

The protests begun at 4. O0 in the evening when the pair drove into the hospital allegedly to pick the said machine.

The residents who turned up in hundreds, however, blocked the vehicles, smashing two in the melee.

A video seen by the Star shows one vehicle being vandalized by goons at the parking lot, near the entrance to the level five hospital.

Those injured have since been rushed to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital for emergency treatment.

“We are currently attending to them though we have heard more others also with injuries are on the way here,” a doctor at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital told the Star by phone.

The Star did not independently ascertain the nature of the equipment that was being transfered.

A staffer who did not want quoted, however, said it was for anaesthetic operations at the World Bank funded health facility.

“The public had only gotten whiff of the plan to transfer the equipmentand laid ambush pelting the vehicles with stones ,” said John Onsongo a resident .

More other cars in the parking lot were vandalized during the protests.

More to follow

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