The management of the Kericho Green Stadium has been directed to enhance the security features of the facility following an incident where a fan gained access to the stadium with a gun.
An Administration Police officer who is attached to a Member of Parliament’s private security team stormed the pitch after a Kenyan Premier League match between Zoo FC and Bandari with a Ceska Pistol before he was refrained by a section of Bandari players and members of the technical bench.
According to the Police report, the officer was acting on ‘self-defense’ to protect his service firearm after he was ‘roughed up by the away team.
“In the course of being roughed up by the Bandari FC players, he nearly fell down and somebody took the photos of him as he tried to secure his service firearm from falling off or being snatched from him," reads the statement from the Police that has been obtained by Goal.
But the incident exposed the level of insecurity in Kenyan stadia, begging the question of how an armed fan was allowed access to the stands with a gun.
As such, the Kericho County Governor Paul Chepkwony has now directed that the stadium’s security features be enhanced.
“The Country government of Kericho takes seriously the safety and security of teams attending the games at the Stadium.
“As a result of the incident, the Governor has directed that steps be taken immediately towards reviewing and enhancing the existing security features in the stadium in collaboration with KPL,” said the Governor, in a statement obtained by Goal.
The Governor further called on the relevant authorities to look into the matter by taking the necessary action in accordance with the law.