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45 people Die in Stampede At Tanzanian President, Magufuli’s Tribute

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Stampede kill 45 people in Dar es Salaam on March 21 as mourners pay their last respects to the late president John Magufuli, this was announced by the Tanzanian police.

“There were a lot of people who wanted to get in the stadium, and some were not patient. They tried to force their way in and that resulted in a stampede. Forty-five died in the accident,” Dar es Salaam regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa told AFP.

Five of the deceased were from the same family, Mambosasa said. A woman and four children were earlier reported crushed in the accident at Uhuru Stadium, though the true toll of the stampede was not announced at the time.

Mambosasa said several dozen were also injured in the crush but most had been released from hospital.

Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Dar es Salaam this month to bid farewell to Magufuli, whose sudden death from a short mysterious illness was announced by the government on March 17.

People wept and threw flower petals as his casket was transferred by military motorcade from a church to Uhuru Stadium, the first of several locations where his body lay in state so mourners could pay their respects.

Samia Suluhu Hassan, who was sworn in as the country’s first female president upon Magufuli’s death, was the first to file past his coffin, which was draped in the Tanzanian flag.

The stampede happened on the second day of tributes at Uhuru Stadium.


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