Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has expressed concern over the delay of a report on what caused the Independence Day stampede at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
CHRR communications officer Fletcher Simwaka said delay of the findings is a violation of human rights more especially to the families who are still in shock after they lost their loved ones on that day.
Following the Independence Day tragedy that led to the death of eight people and left over 60 injured, President Peter Mutharika instituted a taskforce to investigate the cause of the stampede. The taskforce is yet to release its report.
Simwaka said the taskforce could have asked for more time to investigate the matter than keeping people waiting for the findings.
“Four weeks have passed since the taskforce was appointed to find out what caused the stampede on Independence Day celebrations at Bingu Stadium, citizens of this country including those who lost their loves ones are still in shock and they are waiting for the findings,” he explained.
Simwaka stressed on the need for transparency and accountability on the issue since Malawians are eager to know what really happened.
He explained that the taskforce should speed up the investigations because the delay will bring more fear to citizens.