Namibian Students in Stable Condition

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By Petronella Sibeene WINDHOEK Victims of the road accident which occurred along the Ghanzi-Maun road over the weekend are said to be in a stable condition, hospital officials have confirmed. On Saturday, 17 Namibian students en-route to Zimbabwe for studies were involved in an accident when their bus was rammed by another bus from behind. New Era established that the crash was caused by an abrupt stop by the bus leading a convoy of five. The abrupt stopping was meant to allow donkeys to cross the road. One of the three students transferred to Nyangagwe Hospital in Francistown sustained severe injuries to the right shoulder which necessitated an operation being carried out. Another male student had a fractured elbow, while the third had what the matron of the hospital, Johanna Makhwade, termed as minor injuries. “The guys are okay, they can even walk around. Only the girl is still in pain because of the operation,” Makhwade said. The matron was, however, certain that the three would be discharged before the week ends. “We will give them three more days just to recuperate,” she added. Efforts to obtain comment on the condition of the six in a Maun hospital proved futile. However, Linda Scot from the Namibian Embassy in Gaborone said the condition of the six in Maun Hospital is generally stable. They will be discharged soon, she stated. The kind of injuries sustained by those admitted to Maun Hospital could not be established. Meanwhile, the embassy, which only got to know about the accident yesterda, is currently trying to get in touch with relatives of the victims. Scot could not reveal the names of the injured, as some relatives have not yet been informed. The driver of the bus that hit the other was charged with driving without due care and attention. Police spokesperson, Witness Bosija, confirmed this, adding that a fine of 300 Pula could be paid within 14 days by the driver or he would be summoned to appear in court. Bosija could not say if the driver had paid the fine already. The accident took place on Saturday at about 05h00, just seven kilometres from Sehitwa at Machabe Cattle Post along the Ghanzi-Maun road. Senior Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Toivo Mvula, says only three of those students going to attend courses in Zimbabwe under the SADC Protocol on Education and Training were sent by the ministry. The rest are private students whose trip was organized by a consultant.