Malawi President Author Peter Mutharika was, on Wednesday, forced to leave Bingu National Stadium (BNS) early before planned time following a stampede which killed 8 and injuring many others have during independence day celebrations.
Reports say the stampede was caused by tear gas fired by security personnel in an attempt to control the crowd that was forcing entry into the BNS ahead of a football match.
BBC reported that the gates were opened almost three hours after the set time which left the crowd outside feeling delayed.
Mutharika therefore left the stadium soon after prayers to visit the victims at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where they were being treated.
The Malawi leader expressed shock over the sad incident warning that those responsible should take up measures to avoid similar happenings in the future.
“Going forward, I think relevant authorities should make sure that this does not happen again. Those are modern structures whose designs are very much accommodating. We should make sure all proper and safety procedures are followed when people are entering the stadium,” said Mutharika.
Many people have condemned the incident which others believe it was fueled by the firing of teargas.
The celebrations at BNS were marking the 53 anniversary of Malawi’s independence from British colonisation.