Breaking news: Malawi independence celebrations gone bad, 8 feared dead, 45 injured during stampede at Bingu Stadium

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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.

Malawi Independence stampede

Tragedy: 7 children killed in Malawi Independence stamped

“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.

Malawi Independence stamped leave 7 children dead

7 children killed in stampede – Malawi police

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  1. kuli kuti ulemera kwake malawi muja mwayambila umpha anthu osalakwa sinakwane sembeyo siyakoni ena akule .ningoti mulungu titetezeni ana anu mutothozeso ofedwa

  2. peter ndiwe otan? tandiyankha, akanakhala kut mmodzi mwa ana afawa anali mwana wanu mukanaptlira ndi cisangalalo.Mwapha dala.Bwanji kumulakho wa alomwe sikufa anthu?maso awona,bongo wasunga.

  3. This should act as our warning against politicisation of state functions. At 53 we have had 53 independence celebrations. Therefore, there are people with experience who could handle the organization of this event but because they are not DPP or Lomwe, govt choose to deploy inexperienced people to handle a national event. In this regard, the president takes the blame for tolerating mediocricy

  4. kodi what was wrong with holding different celebrations at the different stadiums in lilongwe mesa it’s was said “lilongwe to host independence celebrations” not bingu international stadium, one I don’t blame the police or the people gate crashing, I blame the organizers for poor planning and lack of crowd control issues.

  5. Its made from china ,its doesnt last no wonder,may their so rest in peace ,government should mark another public holiday for this ,otherwise return a stadium to china we love our kamuzu stadium

  6. KOD INU A POLICE MUKAYIWONA CHOCHI MITEMBOYI, MUMITIMA MWANUMO MUKUMAVA BWAJ. ATAKHALA ANA ANU BWEZ MUKUMAVA BWAJ. KUFIKA PACHILUNGAMO A POLICE AMALAWI MUNO NTCHITO SIMUMAIZIWA. ZANU NDIMATAMA MUKAVALA MAKOMOFOREJ NDI ZIPHUPHU BAS. KOMA NDE KU TREN’G AMAKUNAMIZAN.KOD MUMANGOPHUZIRAKO ZAMA TEARGAZ BAS.

  7. This is the reason why Malawi must wake up from slumber, the organizers are corrupt, they wanted to wait in order to for them to make money. These people will never change until corrupt politicians stop corruption. Its sad that young children had to lose their lives like this
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  8. Every soul shell test death,weather we like or not,,RIP,,,according to my observation I belive that,the location of the ground is not good,,any incident imene idzichitika ku ground you will see Ana ambiri adzipangidwa affect,,,,just because they can’t change the position of the ground,makolo Ali ku 49 especially mtandile ndi udindo wathu kuonetsatsa kuti ana athu sakupita malo amenewa okha okha

  9. Pa nthawi ya Kamuzu palibe amene anafapo ku Kamuzu stadium yet people were from all corners of the country including primary 4 learners (born frees) from various primary schools in the country. That administration knew how to plan and organise such event. Koma izizi kaya.

    • As a South African, this news saddened me as it is a reminder of the many tradegies that has occurred in South Africa. I send my condolences to the families. Those responsible should takecresponsibility and measures should Beirut in place to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again.

  10. Ndipepha boma pamodzi ndi president chondr anthuo aikidwe muja mwa STATE ndalama zathu za mitsonkho ma 16% angwilise ntchito anthu amenei ndipo ngati ndikotheka aikidwe pafupi ndi Stadium yo tizikumbukila Chaka chilichonse pa 6 July tikhala 1 mn chete kwapasa ulemu anthu ameneo chonde wolemekenzeka

  11. malawi wafikapo gat kuli kuthira nsembe ndie2 job mukuyigwiratu paseu gozi zokhazokha tipite ku stadium chimozimozi nde pamenepa mufuna tithawire kuti zadiopya ine

  12. no security in Government sector only security company working well not police, kwa wo nikuba and too much corruption ,a Malawi stadium ndi yathu kma mkumat akalowa mwachango anthu akuba zitsulo, what is your work? Security company are better than government security

  13. They must sale the ticket to enter so they can recover money they warned..
    Most people must go to their nearest schools for the celebrations….enugh

  14. Mukhoza Kulankhula Zambiri Koma Anthuwo Tawaluza Sitidzawawonanso,,ndipo Zinthuzi Zikufunika Mapemphero Osat Za Mapoor Planning Mukunenazo,,satana Watenga Gawo Lalikuru Pakati Pathu,,ndi Mulungu Yekha Amene Angatigonjetsere Nkhondoyi, R.I.P.

  15. people arrived as eary as 5 am but the police prevented them from entering. thousands gathered outside and at 9am they opened the gate expecting thousands to enter peacefully at the opened gates.results are the death.poor planning and organising.this was planned and 5he one who planned should face the show.arrest him and send him to jail for murder. cancel the event please

  16. why opening the gates late? when they knew that its free when entering the stadium, so see now instead of celebrating here we are now mourning,,, my condolences to the believed families, my God comfort them with his comforting hand

  17. God is not happy with the that cerebration bcs why allowedpe people to dress political party flag?????? This not independence day Mr president sir is campaign day u know that mr president if u don’t know late me tell this very shame all Malawian ( RIP) Happens things always Sad things

  18. Kkkkkk zeru za a police aku Malawi kukhara ku south Africa bwezi atatha onse ,,they think they are smart pogwilitsa ntchito mphanvu all tyms …amalawi akazatopa muzava kuwawa ,,

    • Ackim kuti dziko litukuke or munthu atukuke amaenera aziona momwe anthu or maiko otukuka akupangira zinthu even stadium timayiyamikirayo bingu adaona somewhere else & thought kuti ndi bwino kumalawi ikhaleko that’s how a country develop,,, nawo a police aenera aphuzile momwe maiko akunja amapangira control chigulu chaanthu without using force,,remember it is no longer a police force but police service….

    • Cedrick mbuzi ndiweyo coz u don’t see a problem by teargassing anthu amene sakupeleka chiopsezo cha moyo wa a police or kuphwanya zinthu ,,,how can they control people ndi teargas,, u must be stupid by not seeing that…

    • Unfortunately we are Malawians not South Africa, and we can’t copy everything just because is happening in South Africa, more over i condemn the brutal act by our police but this attitude of copying anything from South Africa will one day make us the bastards criminals and nyaope smokers

    • That’s y they will teargas u for no reason and will cry for no reason, beat u up as if u r resisting arrest ,,maybe sudakumane nazo ,..udzakakumana nazo uzaziwa kuti police brutality is so pathetic as manyi….

    • Copying for a good reason is healthy we can’t remain like this forever. Kwayemwe sanayende mmaiko anzathu mpake kunena kuti zikhale mmene zilirimu. Ngati kukopera nkolakwika taonani taluza anthu mwina tinakakopera anthuwo akanathandizidwa malo omwe ngozi yachitikirawo kuona kuti zavutitsitsa helicopter ikanagwira ntchito. Malamulo tikugwititsa ntchito ngokopera ndiye tilekeranji kukopera zotithandiza. SouthAfrica ikunenedwayo zambiri nzokopera ngakhale maina amadera ngokopera,mamangidwe ngokopera,zaunoyo komanso ma ambulance nzokopera,miseu,njokopera,makaka a magalimoto a polisi ngokopera. Kuchoka kuMalawi kupita ku RSA nkukopera kumeneko.Etc etc

  19. gyz kukhala satero bcoz tonsefe ndfe amalawi, taonani mwatphera ana osakhwima maganizo kmaso sanadyerere dziko. kma ngat kukhima ndite muyalukapo chabe.

  20. nde mwati a police mpaka teargas ku independence day?? muwalande tima Primary School Leaving Certificate onsewo until they start using their heads and not their balls for reasoning. iya ,kodi Ku training yanu mumakataniko?

  21. I thought the stadium is the biggest in Malawi and could be having a lot of entrances,why didn’t they just open all gates and let ppo flood in instead of teargassing them…this is police cruelty nd brutality..shame on them..

  22. Vuto Lolembana Upolice Pa Chibale Mumasiya Amene Akadathandiza Nkumakatenga Mbutuma Nanga Apa Chophulitsila Teargas Nchan? Kusaidziwa Ntchito Zaulelezo? Mwaonjeza

  23. every police officer responsible for planning for the stadium event should be fired and prosecuted for the death.how come you kept people outside and before opening the gate you teargas them. whats that? somebody was commanding this please let us know him

  24. Poor Organisation By The Organising Committee Anthu Sangamafe Stadium Ya Ikulu Ngati Imene Ija Samafa Bwanji Pa Civo. Vuto Malo Amasungira Achipani Ali Kunyumba Ndikumatsekula Mageti Nthawi Yochedwa.Nthawi Ya Kamuzu Pa 6 July Mageti Amatsegula Pa 5 July Anthu Amachezera Kulowa .Zachisoni Kwambiri Anthu Kumafa Pa Bingu Big Stadium.

  25. Police officers who were assigned at the stadium are the one responsible for the death of innocent children and an adult….why did they not open the stadium early in the morning knowing it’s free of charge plus why teargasing as if there was fighting….our police are just good in corruption

  26. Police firing that shit at the innocent ppl on the independence day, is that what u call celebration??…u have to pay for this mess, APM must do somethng or accept to bear the blame

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