The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Novem­ber 4, 1991 — The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil will take ur­gent mea­sures to en­sure that ugly in­ci­dences like the one that oc­curred at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day when 90 peo­ple were in­jured in a stam­pede, do not hap­pen again, the Mayor, Al­der­man Nel­son Si­danile, said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing at Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal when he vis­ited 18 peo­ple who were in­jured in a stam­pede when spec­ta­tors sought cover from rain, Ald Si­danile said the coun­cil would do ev­ery­thing to make its sta­dia safe.

Ald Si­danile ex­pressed sor­row that such a large num­ber of peo­ple had been in­jured. Most of those in­jured were treated for head in­juries, ab­dom­i­nal pains, bro­ken ribs, arms and legs. One per­son was treated for stab wounds. He was stabbed after the match when a fight broke out over which was the bet­ter team be­tween High­landers Foot­ball Club and Dy­namos FC.

Re­lat­ing the events from his hospi­tal bed, one of the in­jured, Cde Crispen Mut­samwa (29), said he was try­ing to run for cover from the rain when the rails on the stairs lead­ing to the back of the east­ern stand sud­denly snapped un­der pres­sure, re­sult­ing in peo­ple fall­ing on him. His leg was bro­ken and a large piece of flesh was torn off from his leg by the rails.

The only woman vic­tim ad­mit­ted at Mpilo, Cde Ab­bie Ny­oni (35), said the surg­ing crowd broke her leg when they tram­pled over her after she had fallen. From the hospi­tal, the mayor went to Bar­bour­fileds Sta­dium where he was joined by the Town Clerk.

The en­gi­neer who drew the plans for the east­ern grand stand was also present to as­sess the dam­age.

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