Accidents claim lives of 29 people in 26 days

19 Dec 2013 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) – Twenty-nine people have lost their lives in road accidents since the launch of the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign 26 days ago.
The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA)’s Chief of Corporate Affairs, Kapena Tjombonde announced this during the handing over of three solar lighting panels by the Environment Investment Fund (EIF) to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Windhoek on Thursday.
She said since the launch took place last month, a total of 268 crashes have been recorded in which 472 people were injured, some who are still in hospital fighting for their lives.
“In 26 days, we have lost 29 people, which translates into one person killed on our roads almost every day,” she said.
Traffic volumes have shown a steady increase over the past few days as people travel to various holiday destinations for the festive season.
Tjombonde appealed to road users to adhere to traffic regulations and use the road responsibly as ultimately, their safety is in their own hands.
At the same occasion, the Head of Communication and Corporate Affairs at the EIF, Lazarus Nafidi expressed concern about the impact of accidents on Namibia’s economic and social development.
“We have lost most of our productive citizens on national roads, sometimes due to reckless driving. It is time for everybody to play a part to ensure that road users obey traffic rules,” he stated.
Nafidi said the EIF is glad to be on board as a partner and to render services as part of the road safety campaign.
The Deputy Commissioner of NamPol’s Traffic Law Enforcement Division, Ralph Ludwig said one of the panels will be installed at the road block at Omakenge in the Kunene Region between Opuwo, Kamanjab and Okahao; one at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region; and one at Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region.
“The donation could not come at a better time as some road blocks only operate during the day as a result of the lack of electricity at some towns and villages,” he noted.
The donation will mean better visibility at roadblocks not only during the festive period, but for years to come, Ludwig said.