MVA Sponsors Wheelchairs


By William Mbangula OSHAKATI As part of its mandate to provide peace of mind to motor vehicle accident victims, the MVA Fund has set aside N$100ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 for the purchase of wheelchairs for accident victims. The beneficiaries would be those crippled in road accidents. And Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Chairperson, Phillip Amunyela, launched the first phase of this assistance, which includes Oshana, Caprivi, Hardap and Omaheke, here on Wednesday. The donation is part of the MVA’s Corporate Social Investment policy that benefits, among others, victims of road accidents who do not qualify for compensation or find themselves limited by the provisions of the current Act of the fund. Handing over three wheelchairs and a cot bed to the beneficiaries, Amunyela said the MVA is not only concerned with the provision of compensation, but has an ultimate goal to provide peace of mind to all motor vehicle accident victims. Such efforts, he noted, will lead to the enhancement of quality of life for the people in order to make a valuable contribution to the social and economic well-being of the country. Amunyela noted that the MVA Fund operates on a fault-based system that is posing a great challenge to it. Such a challenge at times may seem that only certain victims are benefiting from this compensation system simply because the system requires proof of fault or negligence before liability is accepted. It is our wish, and it is embedded in our vision, that one day every victim of a motor vehicle accident will be assisted in a fair and reasonable manner. To this effect, MVA has embarked upon a legislative reform that will transform the current system into a no-fault compensatory system that will cater for every motor vehicle accident victim. Four road victims from the Oshana region – some of them have been bed-ridden since 1982 – received wheelchairs and a cot-bed. They are: Nicanor Iyambo, Nicodemus Mbinda, Elia Thimoteus who could not attend due to poor health, and Judith Bauleth who received a cot-bed. All the items cost about N$30ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000.