NCCI mourns Casablanca road accident victims

17 Feb 2016 10:10am
ONGWEDIVA, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Northern Branch mourns the devastating loss of 15 people in Friday's tragic road crash in the Oshikoto Region.
Branch Chairperson Tomas Iindji made this known in a media statement issued on Monday, following a head-on collision between a large truck and a minibus that took place near the Casablanca settlement, about 13km north of Oshivelo on the Ondangwa-Oshivelo main road.
Fifteen people, who were all occupants of the minibus, died instantly.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) reports have it that 13 of the deceased people burnt beyond recognition.
Iindji stated that his branch echoes the sentiments of President Hage Geingob by also pleading with all road users to observe proper safety protocols, and to drive defensively to avert such distressing tragedies.
“Our country has a terrible history of such fatal traffic accidents and we must reverse this awful precedent,” he noted.
Iindji further urged transport businessowners to properly maintain their vehicle fleets, whether they transport products or serve as transit for passengers.
“We must ensure our roads are being travelled by roadworthy vehicles that will not pose a threat to others. As drivers, please remember your licence training and drive in a manner that is defensive, with keen awareness for your surroundings and other drivers on the roads,” he urged.
NCCI Northern Branch membership will pray for those killed in Friday’s accident and offer its support to the survivors, Iindji said.
The truck driver, his female passenger and one of the occupants of the minibus survived.