8 people die, 28 injured in food handout stampede in Zambia

Eight people have died and 28 have been injured in a stampede during food handouts at a youth centre in Zambia.

People were crushed when some of the thousands gathered began to force their way into the Olympic Youth Development Centre, police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said.

The dead include six women, one man and one boy, she added.

The food parcels, being distributed by a church charity, included a 10kg meal bag, sugar, soya pieces, cooking oil and one head of cabbage per person, the Open Zambia news website reported.

An investigation is underway.

1 Killed, 20 Others Injured In Cameroon During Stampede At Crusade By Pastor Johnson Suleiman

One person has been confirmed dead while others were injured during a stampede that occurred at a crusade by Nigerian pastor, Suleiman Johnson which held at the Reunification Stadium in Bepanda, Douala in Cameroon yesterday October 20th. According to reports, the roof of the stadium caved in immediately after the crusade ended which caused panic. People began rushing and pushing themselves. Those who were injured are receiving medical attention in various hospitals.

You Cannot Stampede Jonathan Out Of Office, Presidency Warns APC

Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali has chided the All Progressives Congress, APC,  over its recent utterances urging the party to talk less and plan more as the nation moves towards the 29th May inauguration date.

Reacting to the alarm raised by the APC that President Jonathan is running the economy aground before handing over, Professor Alkali  said “the allegation is immature, reckless and out of tune with the President’s desire and patriotic commitment to a peaceful transfer of power”.

“Nigerians will recall that shortly after the results of the Presidential elections were announced, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated a high powered transition committee to plan and organize a hitch free transition programme for the inauguration of the incoming administration.

Surprisingly, it took the APC more than three weeks to wake up to its responsibility to constitute its own transition committee. How then can they turn round to accuse the government of frustrating the transition programme?

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