Stampede at Bingu Stadium
One of the Victims on Independence Day Celebrations at Bingu Stadium

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)– Eight people are reportedly dead, and over 42 others, children among them, in critical conditions at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), following a stampede that occurred at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in the capital Lilongwe.

The tragedy happened at the time President Peter Muthalika was leading Malawians in prayers marking Malawi’s 53rd year of Independence celebrations at the International Convention Centre (BICC).

The information The Maravi Post gathered from witnesses at the stadium said that soccer lovers and children were scrambling to enter into the facility.

This led to a stampede as the people struggled to enter the stadium to watch the various festivities for the 6 July celebrations, that included a football match between Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets.

Soon after the Stadium opened at round 9 A.M., people stormed their way which sadly led to seven children and one man losing their lives in the melee.

As the news of the incident, it was not announced by the authorities on whether the match would proceed as scheduled.

Malawi celebrates 53 years of independence whose theme is titled, “Thanking God for the season of plenty.”