Eight people are said to have died while almost 50 are feared to be injured in a stampede that has happened at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Reports that Malawi24 is monitoring indicate that the stampede happened when people were trying to gain access into the stadium for independence celebrations.
According to the reports, in an attempt to gain entry into the stadium, there was pushing and shoving which saw some people being stepped on by the mob leading to deaths and injury.
An eyewitness told Malawi24 that organizers opened the gates when a lot of people had already arrived at the stadium hence causing the the stampede.
“I passed by the stadium around 6:30 AM and there were a lot of people while others were on their way. Late opening of the stadium caused the stampede.
“People responsible should be fired. how could the organizers open only two gates at the stadium on this great occasion,” said the eyewitness.
Police said the stampede occurred when spectators forced open the gates at the stadium.
“We can now confirm that eight people have died, that is seven children and one adult, and 40 people are injured. We expect the number to rise. They forced the gates open and a stampede ensued,” said the Malawi police in a statement.
Reuters claims that the stampede occurred as police used teargas to disperse the people when they forced open the gates.