Five people, including four children, died in a suspected stampede during a public viewing of the body of former Tanzanian President John Magufuli over the weekend.
Tens of thousands of Tanzanians came out to view Magufuli’s body at Uhuru Stadium in the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, over the weekend.
Suzan Mtua, 30, died with four school-age children from the same family when there was a stampede of people wanting to view the body Sunday, Heri Mtua, a family spokesman, told AP.
“The children had demanded they also attend the funeral of President Magufuli,” he said.
“Later that day we received a call late evening by an unknown person using Suzan’s phone. The caller said that the owner of the phone had been taken to a hospital. But her body was eventually found at the morgue,” he said.
The children were aged between 7 and 12 years.
Hundreds of peoples who attended the funeral fainted in the crush and authorities said they will issue a statement on Tuesday about the number of people killed in the national event.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who was Magufuli’s vice president and succeeded him, was joined by nine African heads of state on Monday for Magufuli’s state funeral.