Police are investigating the death of two people who died while dozens were injured at the Castle Tankard music concert at the Borrowdale Race Course in Harare.
Police identified the pair as Thomas Maarira (44) and Emilia Makoga (43), both of Hatcliffe who lost their lives in a stampede while leaving the venue.
Delta Corporation general manager − corporate affairs Patricia Murambinda said in a statement: “The Castle Tankard event organisers, Delta Beverages and Mashonaland Turf Club, participating artists, trade partners and stakeholders are saddened by the reports of fatalities and injuries that occurred at the close of the very successful hosting of the Castle Tankard 2022 edition.
“We are informed that the relevant authorities are conducting investigations and will update the nation at the relevant time. Our hearts and prayers are with you our Castle Tankard family —- especially those who lost their loved ones and those nursing injuries.”
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating the sad and unfortunate death of two people at Borrowdale Race Course on May 7, 2022 at 2205 hours due to stampede after the Castle Tankard musical performance by Winky D.”
“The regrettable incident occurred while people were on their way out of the Race Course. The police express condolences to the bereaved families and assures the public that inquiries are in progress. The Zimbabwe Republic Police will continue to engage organisers of big social gatherings, especially entertainment activities to ensure that a limited number of people is allowed access during musical performances.”
The curtain came down on the Castle Tankard horse race with a gig that featured top entertainers — Winky D, Alick Macheso and Enzo Ishall.