APM institutes enquiry into July 6 stadium tragedy

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President Peter Mutharika has appointed a Task Force to enquire into the circumstances that led to the tragic loss of life of eight people and injured others at the Bingu National Stadium on 6th July 2017.

Mutharika visiting stampede victims Mutharika visiting stampede victims

According Presidential Press Secretary and Spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, the enquiry team is going to be chaired by the Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (Administration), Zangazanga Chikhosi as Chairperson.

Other members are Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Sam Madula; Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Joseph Mwandidya; Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Representative and Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate from the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Steven Kayuni as its Secretary.

“The Task Force shall undertake the work within two weeks and report on its findings together with recommendations and measures to be taken to avoid similar occurrences in future,” said Kalilani in a statement made available to MBC.

On Thursday, Malawi’s 53rd Independence celebrations turned into mourning after eight people died on a stampede as they were trying to enter the Bingu National Stadium where there was  football match.

62 people were also hospitalized at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

Among the dead were seven kids and one female.

According to the reports the gates which were supposed to be open by 6 AM were opened at around 9:30 AM which caused pressure to people who gathered to watch the game between Nyasa big bullets and Airtel cup holders of 2017, the Silver strikers.

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