Several injured as job-seekers stampede in Mzuzu

Several people mostly youth were injured after thousands of panicked job-seekers stampeded during a government recruitment drive at Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu as they pushed their way into the premises for interviews.

The young woman,who had lost consciousness at the venue
Stampede victim: The sheer size of the crowds was a testament to the vast numbers of unemployed in
young citizens who were at the exercise not only to secure jobs but to be allowed the opportunity to contribute towards the development of the nation

The Ministry of Health is currently recruiting healthcare workers at Mzuzu Central Hospital.

Applicants are expected to undergo interviews for the posts of health surveillance assistant at Katoto Secondary School.

One witness Glory Kibao said the stampede broke out as applicants surged towards  the gate which authorities delayed opening, prompting the job seekers to start pushing their way into the premises.

Other applicants jumped over the fence and got injured in the process.

It was feared that one of the applicants lost her life, but Mzuzu Central Hospital spokesperson Arnold Kayira refused to confirm or deny the death.

But Kayira confirmed numerous injured people were  rushed to the hospital, with some requiring x-rays and operations.

“Indeed we received patients that came from Katoto and the number could be over 80. Most of the patients have sustained mild injuries that’s why they have been treated as outpatients.

“But as we have no case admitted in ICU [Intensive Care Unit] and no patient has gone for major surgery and also noone has died,” says Kayira.

There is a high level of unemployment in Malawi  especially among young people most of whose 17 million citizens live on less than two dollars a day, while the country lags behind in key development indicators such as health.

 

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HAPPY
HAPPY
8 months ago

DPP kufuna 1 million jobs one kick akanafunsa SKC OSANGOPANGILAMO

Chinthu cha kwa Mjinge
Chinthu cha kwa Mjinge
8 months ago

Ine nkhawa kwenekuku and wanthu awa nkhawaona with my naked eyes kuti amwalira ndi awiri, winayo mzimayi anapondedwa mpaka maso kuthuzuka, bibi kutulukilathu pompo nde akamati sipanamwalire munthu nzabodza mpaka chamma 3 masana makolo/azibalae a mzimayi omwalirayo anabwera nkuzalanda microfone nkuyamba kushatapula akulu akulu powadzuladzula kuti bwanji akupiliza kupangitsa ma interview while anthu ena amwalira….. ndipo zoti inali interview ya ministry of health munthu sungakhulupilire,,, ine ver since siinapangepo interview yoti question paper anyhu nkumakhalapo 10, 15 ena mpaka 20 nkumapanga ma discussions pompo, ena ku gugula pompo….. in short anali masanje not interviews

Bina
8 months ago

DPP trying to get identity cards to rig the elections yet again.Why employ the whole country just before the election?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

Budget yake ndiye otiyo tsapano. there has been lots of doddy adverts of jrecruitment job interviews promotions heyyyyyyy uga please stop mocking us for your greediness. lots of youth with proper certiticates are just staying at home depressed after all years of learning and money spent. shit small sausage pitala you see!!! you have all those crooks mchacha nankhumwa beni with fake certificates and spree spending these youths tax money from their small businesses heyyy. we got some mps chief leaders in different sectors enticing violence ena awa akutukwana ati panyo pano panyo pano to the passing convoy akunenayo iye… Read more »

Kaitano
Kaitano
8 months ago

Malawians, lets vote out this Government and have new Malawi.

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago

The writing is on the wall. God is not on the side of DPP whether they like it or not. It is only those who are pretending to be myopic that can not be able to see the writing. This incident is a campaign tool in favour of Tonse Alliance. Whatever DPP gurus lay their hands on will not prosper at all this year. In fact it will backfire because God is not on their side. These people are so wicked and the cry of the people have reached heaven and God has come down to rescue His people from… Read more »

Ngambwe
Ngambwe
8 months ago

pliz opposition be alert im told there is something happening here with national identity cards with the aim of rigging the elections again… DPP is trying every move possible to win the elections again no wonder ma interviews osapanga apply kungofuna kuononga miyoyo ya anthu. Next week iliposo ina ya mboma amzathu a IT tikudalira inu

Tasiyana Mark
Tasiyana Mark
8 months ago

🤣😂😂😂Amalawi ndianthu omvesa chisoni heavy chilichonse they put blame on government 🤣😂😂😂😂😂.Amalawi anzanga can’t yu see kuti kupanga business ndikulembedwa ntchito ndizinthu zosiyana?basi pamalawi pano chomwe tikuziwa ndikulembedwa ntchito basi ?😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣ziphaniranani ntchitozo ife pheeeee kutakata tochepa tomweti nchifukwa atsogoleli andale nawo akufuna kuphanilana utsogoleli🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂Malawi on FIREEEEEEE

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
8 months ago
Reply to  Tasiyana Mark

Poor mentality Tasiyana, no way we can all be businessmen/women….. ngati inuyo zikuyenda just give thanks the almighty. If we all think of business, who will attend to the patients at the hospital? Who will be a bank teller? Who will be a policeman for our safety? Everyone has different opportunities, just say sorry to our fellow young ones who got injured for trying to make a living

The one
The one
8 months ago
Reply to  Tasiyana Mark

Business imafuna kapitolo amwene………… all these people are not stupid kuti sanaganizeko zopanga business koma amafuna poyambira. iweyo ndiwe telala, machine ukusokerawo unangopatsidwa nde usalodze zala anzako

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago

DPP government needs to feel shy as this VOTE-CHASING ploy won’t work.
Proper planning should’ve been done. You don’t just call people to drop in like that. They need to apply first and successful ones attend interviews by appointment as it’s been happening before time immemorial. People will get killed for no apparent reason due to stupid ideologies.
Government please don’t take people for granted 😡😠🇲🇼

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
8 months ago
Reply to  ERUTU

There is no way a government can employ everyone. We need to improve ourselves. A lot of Malawians are lazy

TRUTH
TRUTH
8 months ago

Violent spirits of Chakwela, Chilim and Mtambo torturing innocent malawians. This could be avoided if Chakwela bloodshed spirit was not among these people. Spiritually blind people can not see that. Mtambo politian / sing’anga charms at work also.

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  TRUTH

No you are not being realistic here.
Who started all this fuss? I thought it’s the present government 😲

Mr Truth Pains
8 months ago
Reply to  TRUTH

No sense in what u are spiting here Cadet, the truth of the matter is the failure by your DPP administration to look out side the box and see what it’s Citizen are lacking ie employment .

Even u Cadet u are among these unemployed individuals but u just rely upon cadetism

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Stupid comment from an empty headed cadet

Mazira
Mazira
8 months ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Ndiwe galu kwabasi. was it Chakwera who made the decision to conduct walk in interviews? Just shut up your mouth if you have nothing sensible to say you dirty cadet, how much do they pay you pamwezi kuti udziyankhula nyasi ngat zimenezi?munya muona pa 23 June pano nonse pamodzi ndi gogo wanuyo mukupakira wautali ku Ndata, tione ngati udzapite nawo iweyo…mbuzi

Kaitano
Kaitano
8 months ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Oh even when you were writing this, you were deleting and write again because your heart was telling you that what you are saying is not true, now look, you are very very stupid than your President

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