President Mutharika misses Malawi independence celebrations following stadium stampede

President Peter Mutharika  was forced to missed the Independence day cerebrations at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) following the death of eight people – including seven children – in a stampede  ahead of friendly between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.

President Mutharika and Vice President Chilima visit the victims of the stampede

Despite the deaths, the match did go ahead in a packed stadium, although President Mutharika did not attend as planned.

He offered his condolences and said the government would do all it could to assist the families of the bereaved.

Mutharika said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy.

Police said the stampede occurred when spectators forced open the gates at the stadium where a football match was due to take place during celebrations marking 53 years of Malawi’s independence from British rule.

At least 40 others were injured, police said.

“We can now confirm that eight people have died, that is seven children and one adult, and 40 people are injured,” Inspector General of Police Lexan Kachama said.

“We expect the number to rise. They forced the gates open and a stampede ensued,” said police in a statement.

Minister of labour, manpower development, youth and sports,  Henry Mussa was the guest of honor at the cerebrations.

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Chamunorwa
Guest

Overzealousness. These new recruits. . don’t be surprised if the person who fired the teargas did not get chocked in the process. Training is very essential. Its sad that innocent lives were lost in the process

ndatopa
Guest

How come anthu onse kuwalowotsa pa gate at once ngati Ng’ombe mumatani osatsegula pa gate nthawi yabwino cha m ma 6 :30 am. Chimene munapanga kumeneko kunalingati Mwaphulitsa pipe yamadzi ndipo pipeyo yabwera ndi full force failing to control the full force of Water. Anthu woona zapa gate nzeru zanu zinalizotani? Ana afawa akanadzakhala ma Minister or ma President Mwalakwa kwabasi Takudandaulani Kwambiri zinthu zoti mukanathakuzipewa bwino bwino potsegula ma gate nthawi ya bwino. Their souls rest in peace.

Panganani
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In any civilized society, like Malawi, the police ought to take responsibility for the deaths that happened. The Minister of Home Affairs, as the top political head ought to resign together with the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police for Central Region. The whole reason the government spends money for the training of police cadates where the same spend six months at Mtakataka is for them to learn all the skills they need to enable them control crowds. When people are in trouble, their first point of call should be the Police where they will face safe… Read more »
Ambuje Kukaya
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The deaths and injuries were really avoidable. The people responsible for the event should have created some scenarios in such a case. That is, what would happen in such a case where everyone is granted free entry. Would opening the gates in good time to allow entry ensure the population has access to the facility. In addition, what would be the experience if we let the crowd gather at the gates of the facility therefore, leaving them guessing whether they will have a chance to enter the facility. The authorities I can say without doubt failed the nation and the… Read more »
Innoch
Guest

How can a resiponsible parent allow young kids in a crowd like that without proper escort?kids are tomorrows future we have to maximise their safety

Catherine Banda
Guest

Mukamamva zama date awa,,,,,20th July, 2011 & 6th July, 2017,,,,,,muzikumbukira chani???? [email protected]……

charlie hebdo
Guest

I’m sure teargas was used to cause mayhem…

MANYI
Guest

A MALAWI NDIFE WANTHU WOVUTA MASIKU WANO
1 # (SUNGANDIUZE WISE) SYNDROME !!

2 # KUPUPULUMA /KUTHAMANGA MWAZI

# CAUSING AVOIDABLE
INJURIES AND DEATHS EVEN ON THE ROADS OF MALAWI

PASSING /CROSSING THE ROBOT WHILE ITS SHOWING RED SIGN !!

PEPANI NONSE OLIRA !!

Piko
Guest

This is what we have been talking for a long time that this DPPlised police does not have any knowledge on crowd control…..how can they fire teargass at a national cerebration like this? Shame!!!!!!

Baba wa boy
Guest

Piko,

That is why these things happen, Malawians always think they have rights, but no responsibilities.

Rights without responsibility, is anarchy.

It is not just the fault of Police, too many thugs in Malawi who have nothing better to do but cause problems for others.

In some countries queuing is a must, you queue orderly everywhere, (bus, shop stadium etc)

In Malawi if you ask people to queue they think you are stupid. Mapeto ake ndiamenewo.

Its sad that amafa ndi ana.

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