Malawians have been angered with the incident which resulted in the deaths of 8 people and are asking the government of Malawi to take action against the people who were involved in this tragic incident which took place on the independence day at Bingu National Stadium (BNS).
During the independence day on July 6, 2017, 8 people lost their lives and several people were severely injured. According to the information gathered by this publication indicates that the organising committee failed to open the entry gates of the stadium in time. It is alledged that the gates were supposed to be opened at 6am but they instead opened at around 10am a situation which made Malawians to start pressing for a place in the stadium.
After seeing that the situation is uncontrollable, Police used tear gas to disperse the audience a situation which made people to start pushing and stepping on each other, incourse some got injured and others lost their lives at the spot.
Bingu National Stadium operations manager Eric Nin’gan’ga has admitted that he is to blame for the incident which took the lives of innocent people on July 6.
Eric said the police should not be blamed for the actions which took place at the stadium but he takes the blame.
Meanwhile the president of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has appointed a Task Force to enquire into the circumstances that led to the tragic loss of life of eight people and injuries to others at the Bingu National Stadium on 6th July 2017.
The president has summoned the following to find out what really transpired on the day when Malawians wanted to celebrate their independence day and not losing the lives of innocent people.
- Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (Administration), Mr. Zangazanga Chikhosi as Chairperson
- Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Sam Madula
- Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Mr. Joseph Mwandidya
- Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Representative
- 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.