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DP Ruto speaks as 7-year-old boy who was run over by vehicle in his convoy passes on

What really happened?

File image of Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a function in Embu A vehicle in his convoy knocked down a seven-year old boy in Busia on Friday, 07 June 2019

Deputy President William Ruto has spoken following the death of a seven-year old boy who was run over by a vehicle in his convoy even as an eye-witness gave worrying account of what happened during the accident that is now the subject of an ongoing investigation.

Master Sidney Mambala Felix suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital where he passed on this morning with an eye witness recounting that DP Ruto’s security details prevented good Samaritans from picking him up after he was knocked down by a car in the DP’s convoy.

The eye witness told Citizen TV’s edaily that “After knocking down the boy, security personnel of the deputy president prevented a Good Samaritan from picking him up. They, instead, placed him on the roadside. He had serious breathing complications at the time. The boy’s parents rushed to the scene and took him to hospital”.

Deputy President who has been keenly following the incident with regular updates on his social media accounts this morning conveyed his condolences to the family of the decead and assured them of his support during this moment of grief.

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DP Ruto wrote: Saddened by the news of the passing on of Sidney Mambala Felix, a young and bubbly boy. Followed closely the situation after I was informed of the unfortunate incident and, now, deeply condole with the family of Mzee Mambala, his peers and friends for the grave loss of a loved one. I have spoken with Mzee to pass my consideration and assured the family of reference and support during this difficult time. May God rest young Sidney in eternal peace.

The accident happened on Friday evening at Budalangi, Busia County where the DP had presided over the launch of various development projects and activities.

A vehicle reportedly carrying the DP’s press team knocked down the bubbly class-one pupil as the DP’s team left St.Benedict’s Budalangi Secondary School.

He was rushed to hospital with his mother Rosemary Adema, telling reporters that her son was in a “heartbreaking medical state”.

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As news of the accident spread on Friday night, DP Ruto took to Twitter writing:

"It has come to my attention that after leaving a function in my development tour of Busia County, a young boy, Sidney Mambala Felix, got in an accident involving a car in my entourage. Following the unfortunate incident, Sidney was placed under immediate medical attention and my office is being appraised of and reacting to the boy's condition to ensure he gets proper treatment. Praying for his quick recovery".

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