By Munyaradzi Musiiwa Herald Reporter
Eleven people died while many others were seriously injured after a stampede at Prophet Magaya’s all night crusade at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe this morning.
The incident occurred soon after the crusade, which was attended by about 30 000 congregants, when police allegedly closed other gates forcing the attendees to use a single exit point.
It is alleged that the congregants then brought down the stadium’s precast wall to open other exit points. Chaos reigned supreme when police details allegedly fired teargas into the crowd resulting in the stampede.
Officer Commanding Midlands Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Shadreck Mubaiwa confirmed the incident saying there was one exit point manned by police. He, however, denied the allegation that police fired teargas into the crowd.
He said four people died on the spot while seven died upon admission at Kwekwe District Hospital adding that forty injured people were recovering at the same hospital.
Details to follow…