Organiser of the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week has come out to issue an apology to their stakeholders and the public at large adding that they doing everything they can to investigate some of the incidents that took place at the event.
“The organizers of GIMC would like to profusely apologize for the unfortunate incidents that took place at the National Stadium.
Our Team is working tirelessly with the relevant authorities to investigate a fatal stampede that occurred as a result of people trying to force their way into the stadium.
We offer our sincere and deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.
At the moment we are awaiting a detailed report from the Botswana Police about the matter and other related incidents.
We humbly request that we be allowed time to exhaust all the necessary options to deal with this matter.
It is worth noting that the risk management plan kicked in as soon as we picked some sings of safety risks. An investigation into what led to this occurrence is however underway.
We extended our sincere heartfelt apologies to our esteemed patrons for all the unforseen circumstances.
Our office is currently open to receive and deal with any other reports emanating from the event that may require urgent attention as well.
Kindly refer all enquiries to.
Tel… 3923381 or 73156870
We thank you
Gaborone International Music and Culture Week.”
Since yesterday the GIMC festival has been a trending topic with everyone complaining about the lack of ‘organisation’ at the event and some bashing the management for being negligent and not pulling up enough security. Some even blaming management for the death of a young lady who is said to have been killed during a stampede.
Apparently there were around 25 000 people at the stadium but the stadium is certified to ‘accommodate’ 15 000.