HARARE – Two people were killed and several others injured during a “ransom” at the end of a performance by the singer, Winky D at Castle Tankard in Harare on Saturday night following a reckless police reaction.
Thomas Maarira, 43, and Emilia Makoga, 44, both of Hatcliffe, died during the stampede.
“The regrettable incident occurred while people were making their way out of the Borrowdale Race Course,” said National police spokesman Paul Nyathi.
According to reports, the stampede started when police forces tried to disperse attendees arguing that the event had exceeded the allowed time in violation of curfew rules.
One police officer was snapped on staging trying to grab the microphone from Winky D whilst he was performing.
Nyathi said the incident was still under investigation.
The Castle Tankard, organised by beer maker Delta Beverages, is Zimbabwe’s premier race horsing event held annually.
Saturday’s event featured musical performances from Alick Macheso, Enzo Ishall and Winky D.
In a statement, Delta said it was “saddened by reports of fatalities and injuries that occurred at the close of the very successful hosting of the Castle Tankard.”
- Editor/ additional report by Kukurigo Updates