By Aldrin Mukendwa
THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA FUND) has donated ablution facilities to Mulumba Primary School in Katima Mulilo as part of their corporate social responsibility to improve the quality of future leaders.
Mulumba Primary School accommodates children with disabilities, with existing amenities that are dilapidated and not wheelchair friendly.
MVA saw the school fit to construct lavatory facilities that are accessible to the learners in wheelchairs.
Speaking during the handover ceremony held recently, the Chief Executive Officer Mrs Rosalia Martin-Hausiku of the fund highlighted the Fund’s involvement in this project, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, saying that MVA Fund supports people with disabilities in order to enhance their quality of life and contribute towards governmental goals and social- economic development agenda.
“We saw it fit to construct ablution facilities that are accessible to learners in wheelchairs, with the construction project being initiated in 2018’’ said the CEO.
The project is valued at over two hundred and fifty thousand Namibia dollars (N$250,000) and was completed late last year, as it makes part of their drive to initiate and participate in projects with prolonged lifespan, and which have potential for higher returns in terms of social equality.
MVA Fund CEO further explained that “Therefore, as an institution constantly dealing with the plight of people with disabilities albeit as a result of motor vehicle crashes, the MVA Fund has heard the cries of Mulumba Primary School.
As a State owned enterprise, the fund has a duty to respond to needs of the society it serves, and strives to embrace the notion of inclusivity and prosperity for all, while complementing Government’s national agenda. For this reason, the Fund undertook the project of constructing ablution facilities at Mulumba Primary School in line with the Policy of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Policy.”
However, speaking on behalf of Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu at the same occasion, was Mr. Ignatius Nkunga, Special Advisor to the Governor who pointed out the issue of road safety in the Zambezi, as such as the region is not considered part of the top five highest crash regions, it still puts burden on existing systems.
According to him, statistics collected by MVA Fund, showed that over a year period, pedestrians in Zambezi Region on the average accounted 43% percent of total pedestrian crashes nationwide.
“In the same vein, rollover crashes account for 15% total types of crashes, on average account for 15% of the total types of crashes, on average. Looking at the 2019 calendar year, injuries show an upward trend in the number of injured persons, a 62% % increase in comparison to 2015.”
This has significantly indicated a slight increase in the number of crashes with a 12%, whilst an upward trend in the number of fatalities declined by 11% since 2015.
“I am pleased to know that the MVA fund is equally active in Zambezi Region, I am also impressed by MVA Fund for their boldness in taking on a project such as construction ablution facilities for learners of Mulumba Primary School.” Stressed Mr. Nkunga.
The acting Governor also further congratulated Mulumba Primary School Principal, Teachers and Learners on this achievement. “My sole wish is for you to protect and maintain the facilities with your lives, and ensure that those that come after you, experience the same benefit ’’ he said.
The Fund also thanked the contractor, Smart System Consultant for the construction and delivery of ablution facilities, The MVA Fund Katima Mulilo Service Centre team, CSI Committee and Corporate Affairs Unit, Mulumba Primary School Principal and Management, and all other role-players, for their immense contribution to the initiation and completion of the project.
Mr.Linus Simasiku, the school principal expressed his happiness with vote of thanks saying that St.Mulumba building belong to the Catholic Mission Church and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture rents the building, the school has produced the political leaders and a medical doctor.
Late Brendan Kangongolo Simbwaye was one of the teachers of Saint Mulumba, including the likes of the late Richard Kapelwa Kabajani the former Minister of Works and Transport in the Namibian government was also a learner of St.Mulumba Primary School among others.