Chakwera demands independent investigators over Malawi Independence tragedy


    Opposition leader and president ofMalawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera, on Friday cheered up victims of Bingu National Stadium stampede-tragedy where 8 people lost their lives and 45 others were injured.

    Chakwera speaking soon after the visit said he was deeply touched over the untimely death of the the seven children and one elder.

    Chakwera said there is need for Government to set up the independent investigators over the matter.

    “Its commendable that Government has started doing investigations on the matter however its important on that Government should set up an independent body to do proper investigations on the matter because Government cannot investigate itself,” said Chakwera.

    As the prayers marking 53 years of independence celebrations were getting to its climax at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, the mood was suddenly dampened with news that eight people had died while making their way into Bingu National Stadium (BNS).

    The sad news started filtering in as mere rumours mainly through the social media, later developed into a true but painful story, and when Chairperson for the officiating clergy during the prayers, Dr Timothy Nyasulu, came on the podium to make the announcement, the BNS auditorium which was packed to the brim went into total silence.

    “Am sorry to interrupt the flow of our programme here, I have some very unfortunate news which has just reached us. We have received a report that 42 of our brothers and sisters who were entering the stadium at BNS in area 49 have been injured and eight have died,” said Dr Nyasulu.

    It was at this point that people started believing the images that had come through on many people’s phones depicting people, mainly children lying unconscious as security personnel and other civilians tried to offer help of different types.

    The BNS was the venue for a football match between Silver Strikers and Big Bullets as an extension to the independence anniversary celebrations and President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was to be guest of honour.

    With the turnout of events, immediately after the prayers at BICC, President Professor Mutharika was forced to rush to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) to visit the victims of the tragedy where he described the development as very shocking and unfortunate.

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