Five persons including a woman and four children have been killed by a stampede in Tanzania, as so many persons rushed to mourn the late Tanzanian president, John Magufuli.
Guardian reported that Gerald Mtuwa, a relative of the dead woman from Dar es Salaam told AFP via a phone conversation. “They went to bid farewell at the stadium, but it turned tragic when there was a stampede,” She said.
The children were aged between five and twelve years old. The woman killed was mother to two of them, while the other two were her nephews.
It was also gathered that a second woman got missing after going to Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, where tens of thousands gathered to mourn Magufuli who was reported dead after being away from public life for over two weeks.
According to Mtuwa, the family has checked hospitals and morgues in the financial capital for the missing woman, but she has not been found and the family fears the worst.
It was gathered that the stampede resulted when mourners crammed the streets around the stadium where Magufuli’s casket was in state at the weekend.
It should be recalled that the Tanzanian government announced on March 17 that John Magufuli, had died at the age of 61 from a long-running heart condition and declared 21 days of mourning.
Questions remain as to the cause of his death, which was speculated by the opposition to have been covid 19.
Note that Magufuli was a Covid-sceptic, a stance which saw Tanzania refuse to issue data on the disease or take any measures to curb the spread of the virus
A state funeral was observed in his honour on Monday in Dodoma at a ceremony attended by African leaders from across the continent.
Meanwhile, His casket, at present in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, will be flown to the city of Mwanza on Wednesday before the late president is laid to rest in his ancestral village of Chato in northwest Tanzania on Friday.