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Statement on the death of a woman at a rally at Chibuku stadium
Progressive Residents Association
July 17, 2013
progressive Residents Association learns with sadness the death
of a person at Chibuku stadium during the rally which was addressed
by the President of Zanu-PF and a presidential candidate in the
forth coming July 31 harmonised election. We would want to convey
our condolences to the family that have lost their loved one. Those
who were hurt during the stampede we wish them a speedy recovery.
Reports gathered by residents in attendance at the rally claim that
at least four people died at the Zanu-PF rally that was held on
Tuesday in Chitungwiza. 20 other people were also injured after
a stampede broke out at President Robert Mugabe's star rally, whilst
some are reported to have been electrocuted by a tower light. Some
viewers said a durawall collapsed as some people were making their
way into the stadium through undesignated entry points.
A 52-year old
woman was injured in a stampede as Zanu-PF supporters tried to force
their way into the stadium for the president's rally. The woman
was injured as people were being stopped to enter the stadium.
we are worried by the lack of prioritisation of repairs that needs
to be undertaken at the stadium. People should enjoy their safety
in public places. Water and sewer reticulation services continue
to be a challenge in Chitungwiza as many suburbs are still experiencing
perennial sewer pipe bursts while water cuts are almost on a daily
basis. Chitungwiza municipality has failed to renovate dilapidated
infrastructure that was installed during the Rhodesian era. Chitungwiza
is yet to come up with a clear and acceptable plan that will guarantee
residents their safety.
who organise rallies should ensure safety of the vulnerable persons
including pregnant women and little children during these political
Progressive Residents Association remains resolute in advocating
for a better service delivery.
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