NAIROBI, Kenya

Kenya banned unplanned food distribution Saturday following chaos and a stampede that killed two people at an event to help impoverished Kenyans deal with COVID-19.

The stampede Friday in Kibera slums occurred after well-wishers were handing out oil, soap, sanitizers and food, among other items.

Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said the government has taken note of initiatives by individuals and groups to mobilize financial resources, food and non-food items to vulnerable communities during the pandemic but “has with immediate effect banned the uncoordinated distribution of food and non-food donations within the Republic of Kenya.”

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