A woman and four children were killed in a stampede in Tanzania, as crowds rushed to mourn Tanzania’s late president John Magufuli, a relative told AFP on Tuesday.
A second woman was also missing after going to Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, where tens of thousands gathered to mourn Magufuli whose sudden death after a mysterous short illness was announced last week.
“They went to bid farewell at the stadium, but it turned tragic when there was a stampede,” Gerald Mtuwa, a relative of the dead woman, told AFP by phone from Dar es Salaam.
The children were aged between five and 12 years old, he said. The woman killed was mother to two of them, while the other two were her nephews.
Mtuwa said the family has checked hospitals and morgues in the financial capital for the missing woman, but she has not been found and the family fear the worst.
The stampede occurred as mourners crammed the streets around the stadium where Magufuli’s casket was in state at the weekend.
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.#s63