We did nothing wrong in stadium stampede – Police

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Malawi Police have insisted that the use of teargas during the stampede at Bingu National Stadium on Independence Day was not wrong.

The Police have said this following heavy criticism from many Malawians and human rights activists that what the law enforcers did by firing teargas at people who were trying to get into the Bingu National Stadium was bad.

James Kadadzera

James Kadadzera says the law enforcers not at fault.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera has told the press that the use of the teargas is situational as they use it to prevent crowds from causing deaths and injuries.

“The use of the teargas is situational, you can’t say that you will use it in this way, it is used according to the situation.

“In whatever case teargas is used in good course to prevent injuries, damages, something like that,” he said.

Meanwhile the law enforcers’ publicist has said his office will make a statement on the matter after investigators release their reports concerning the issue.

“I will be able to comment on this matter after the release of the reports,” concluded Kadadzera.

Eight people died during the stampede as they were trying to get into the stadium to watch Independence Day activities that included a game between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.

Over 60 people reportedly sustained injuries during the tragedy and some of them are still receiving treatment at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

 

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