Accident Shocks MCA Namibia Staff

The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia says it is deeply saddened by the news that a truck driver from a Windhoek company Destiny Trading lost his life in an accident while delivering MCA funded textbooks to schools in Ohangwena Region. MCA Namibia chief executive officer Penny Akwenye conveyed the organisation’s condolences to the bereaved family in a statement received this week.

The accident took place at Omutsegwonime near Omuthiya town in Oshikoto Region, where the 10-ton truck loaded with 600 boxes of school textbooks was involved in a head-on collision with another truck in the early morning hours earlier this week. The vehicles were completely destroyed and the textbooks scattered all over the road. Each box on the truck contained approximately 30 to 40 textbooks.

The textbook delivery truck was on its way from Windhoek to a Namibia Educational ServicesEdumeds (NES) warehouse in Ongwediva from where the textbooks were to be delivered to various schools in Ohangwena Region.

MCA Namibia and Namibia Educational Services, the company contracted for the distribution of textbooks procured under MCA Namibia’s Education Project, could not yet establish which schools exactly were affected by the accident.

The textbooks are insured but a significant delay ranging over several weeks can be expected in replacing all textbooks destroyed in the accident.

Since 2010, MCA-Namibia has procured 1.7 million textbooks to the value of N$120 million for grades 5-12 learners in all regions of Namibia. MCA Namibia is implementing development activities in the country’s education, agriculture and tourism sectors financed by the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) worth US$304.5 million (about N$3 billion) with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth.

A total of 46 percent of this amount (US$ 141.4 million) is budgeted for the Namibian education sector.

Source : New Era