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dies at packed Zanu PF rally
The Independent (Zimbabwe)
July 16, 2013
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An unidentified woman
has died in a stampede at President Robert Mugabe rally at Chibuku
stadium in Chitungwiza today.
Police spokesperson Charity
Charamba confirmed the woman died as she tried to enter the stadium.
“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 where
about 20 000 people were gathered. She was taken to Chitungwiza
hospital where she later died.”
However, sources claim
four people died at the rally.
people were bussed to pack Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza for President
Robert Mugabe’s rally on a campaign
trail ahead of the July 31 elections.
But some of Zanu-PF’s
hungry supporters could not withstand the heat and shoving as Zanu-PF
officials sought to prove that the party had the capacity to draw
large crowds by over filling the stadium resulting in some women
Zanu-PF supporters were
bussed in from all over Harare while kombis ferrying commuters to
the city were forcibly diverted to Chibuku Stadium for the rally.
A number of women collapsed
and were ferried by ambulances to hospital after succumbing to the
“We just saw her
collapsing after complaining of hunger,” said one elderly
woman who helped the first aid crew.
“We came here early
in the morning and were made to sit in this heat without food or
Mugabe arrived at the
rally at around midday and spoke for about an hour. In addition
to his usual rhetoric about the British and a long lecture on Zimbabwean
history, Mugabe promised to provide better housing conditions.
He also promised to stop
the Chitungwiza council from attaching properties of tenants who
fail to pay rates.
“If voted into
government, Zanu-PF will resuscitate the collapsing industries and
make sure that residents get water,” Mugabe said.
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