EYEAFRICA TV: Dar-es-Salaam, TANZANIA:-Tanzanian police say 45 people have died during a stampede in Dar-es-Salaam on March 21 as mourners paid their last respects to the late President John Magufuli.
The stampede took place when thousands of grieving citizens tried to push their way into a stadium in the city to bid farewell to their late leader.
“They [citizens] went to the stadium in order to express their love for their departed leader but because the number of people was huge, some became impatient […] using unofficial entry points and that was how the problem occurred,” local daily The Citizen quoted police officer Lazaro Mambosasa as saying.
Mambosasa said five of the deceased were from the same family.
37 mourners who were injured in the stampede have all been discharged from hospital after treatment, Mambosasa said.
Tanzania’s late President Magufuli, who died on March 17 at the age of 61, was laid to rest in his hometown Chato on March 26.
Magufuli received a state funeral, which was attended by religious leaders of different faiths, military and government officials, among other guests.
The late president was accorded a 21-gun salute whilst military jets flew over the funeral ceremony held in the northwestern town of Chato.