‘It was the fault of the Police’ – says Stadium stampede survivor

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One of the children who survived the Bingu National Stadium stampede has faulted the police for failing to control the situation professionally.

The boy who did not want to be named said police officers fuelled the commotion at the stadium when they began beating people as a way of stopping them from entering the stadium after the gates were opened.

“Police officers were fighting people because of the overcrowding at the gate. As a result of this some people especially children fell down that forced others to step over them,” the young man told Malawi24.

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Police blamed for the stampede.

“Police officers are to blame because they used violent measures of cooling down the situation. Had it been police officers used proper measures, the incident would have been avoided.”

He then thanked God for saving him saying he was smelling death.

Eight people died in the stampede of which six are boys while the other two are a girl and a man.

On Thursday afternoon, President Peter Mutharika visited people who got injured due to the stampede and spoke on the need for authorities to make sure that such a tragedy should not happen again.

“Authorities should make sure that this does not happen again,” said Mutharika. “These are modern facilities with the ability to accommodate a number of people.”

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