Security for UB 40 Bots show tightened

Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone – After a tragic events in which a 21-year-old woman died during the Gaborone International Music Concert (GIMC), organisers of the UB40 show scheduled for the Botswana capital in November are leaving nothing to chance.   

The woman died after she was crushed during a stampede as fans tried to force their way into the packed venue last Saturday.

It prompted the Office of the President to place an immediate ban on public festivals, which has however, been contested by affected parties and the implementing Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture.

English reggae and pop band, UB40 is due in Gaborone for a music show on November 18.

“We have put in place measures to ensure professional and guarantee the security of the patrons for the UB40 show on November 18, 2017,” The organisers, Event Management said in a media statement. As part of the measures to ensure safety, the organisers said tickets would be sold strictly in advance.

“No one will be allowed near the event venue if they do not have the entrance ticket,” the organisers said.

Glass bottles have been barred from the venue and a park and ride has been organized to ensure smooth entry.

The organisers said there would be 500 security personnel for the event and all the stadium’s entry points will be open.

Last week’s tragic events were blamed on few stadium gates being open and that the inadequate security details were overwhelmed.

Fans without tickets had tried to force their way in resulting in the stampede which claimed the life of the university student.

Despite the popularity of UB40 waning of the years, the show is expected to attract a large crowd, with tickets reportedly selling fast. The cheapest ticket costs P500. UB40, formed in 1978 in

Birmingham, became popular for tracks such as Red Red Wine and Cherry Oh Babe and their powerful reggae and pop sounds still appeal to Botswana’s middle aged.

The group split in 2008, leaving three founder members to be part of the Gaborone tour.

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