What was supposed to be a day of great celebration ended up being one of the historical sad days to Malawi as a nation following death of eight people during the main independence day celebrations at Bingu National Stadium (NBS) in the capital Lilongwe.
Malawi News Hub understands that eight people have been confirmed dead while over 40 others sustained various degree of his death injuries after police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd which was flocking into the stadium ahead of a football match between Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Information gathered by this publication indicate that people were entering into the state of the art stadium without order a situation which caused the law enforcers to fire tear gas.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the firing of the tear gas caused more problems than they were because people started running to all directions with others being stepped on.
“The police wanted people to use tickets but crowd felt being delayed”, said one witness.
Some reports show that the police wanted the crowd to que up for order.
Among the dead are eight children and a man.
Some quarters across the country took it to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp to condemn the measures used by police in such a circumstance.
Others who confined to this publication feel such deaths could have been avoided had it been authorities found proper ways of managing the crowd.
This is not first time Malawians have criticized unprofessional conduct of Malawi Police Service (MPS) cops during fracases.