Malawians demand national day of mourning for stadium victims

Malawians have taken up on social media to express their shock and anger over the stampede at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe that killed eight people and injured 62 more.

Boy had suffocated in the crush.

On Twitter, WhatsApp chat groups  and Facebook social media platforms, some Malawians wonder why the government did not cancel the football match in honour of the dead people, seven of whom were children under the age of 10.

It has also transpired that the police suggested to the independence celebrations committee to open the stadium gates at 6am but this was rejected by the committee which ordered the gates open at 10am.

Malawians also wonder why the police used teargas to disperse the people which led to the stampede.

According to information gathered by Nyasa Times, most of the dead would be buried on Friday.

President Peter Mutharika on Thursday blamed the police for the stampede, saying the crowd control tactics left a lot to be desired.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
kuchithekete
Guest

which malawians are these?who caused the stampede? who is to blame? was call for celebration wrong? has national mourning ever held in malawi and yet there have been loss of lives eg during road accidents, lake malawi drowning? what do you want to achieve? cheap politics

vwivwilinya
Guest
The police officers on duty have to be arrested and answer charges if justice is to prevail. Other wise we are not supposed to start joking on the issues yet our innocent children have lost their lives. That’s not a celebration but a blood shading ivent. And I even wonder as to how those so called big figurers enjoyed watching soccer while other are mourning. This is really lack of umunthu. Mudzimvere chisoni ndithu umunthu uzikupezani osamango kondwera ndi allowance chonsecho ndalamazo ndi tax payers money the very same people akupondedwa mkumafawo. Ngati ndatukwana wina ayankhe mopusa otherwise sindingapepese popoza… Read more »
DOBO
Guest

What fabout the more eight deaths in bus accidents. at Chingeni?Think!!!!!

chatonda Mvula
Guest

The Police brutality in crowd control have led to the deaths and therefore whoever ordered to tear gas the crowd must be fired and tried for causing deaths. Mutharika should be seen working sometimes please not just blame and no further action. Whoever is responsible must be fired and tried in a court of law and be punished accordingly to set and give a lesson to the brutal Malawi police who use tear gas every time even when there was no need.

Zoona
Guest

A PM Is wrong why is he afraid of firing Ning’anga and Mwandidya? The police are just being used as scapegoats. They were in place by 6.30 am whereas Ministry of Labour officials arrived well after 9 am. Please please let us be fair

bro
Guest

l dont know what these police offices are trned at there cumps they have dificuites in controling the croud.

Nayda
Guest

Which Malawians R U Talking About You Better Say Some PLz

Nambewe
Guest

What is needed is not blame here but an enquiry as to what went wrong then following that what steps will taken to make sure it does not happen again and then put that into practice. As a Malawian I want to know why tear gas was used on my fellow Malawians? Was the officer who ordered that being irresponsible? If that is the case there ought to be some punitive measures taken towards that officer!
We need answers and change effected not blame!

CHIMVQ
Guest

A NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

NOT ONLY FOR THE VICTIMS OF STADIUM

INCLUDE THOSE OF LAKE
DISASTER

ROAD DISASTER

CHASOWA

MATAFALE

AND OTHERS

Che nsomba
Guest

In the old days gates at Kamuzu Stadium used to open as early as 6am to enable peaceful flow of people inside. Yes why were the gates not opened that early this time? Something just does not add up. Unfortunately innocent Malawians lost their lives. May those who lost their lives RIP.

wpDiscuz

More From Nyasatimes