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MOLALE PROMISES THOROUGH INVESTIGATION
17/11/15
Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale has assured Parliament that investigations into Matsha accident that left seven students dead on Friday November 13 will leave no stone unturned. In his statement to Parliament yesterday on the accident he said “the policy of government is to transport students in buses,” adding “this investigation will include why a truck was used in this instance”. Mr Molale regretted that he could not provide more details of the accident at this stage as investigations were still on going.
Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale has assured Parliament that investigations into Matsha accident that left seven students dead on Friday November 13 will leave no stone unturned. In his statement to Parliament yesterday on the accident he said “the policy of government is to transport students in buses,” adding “this investigation will include why a truck was used in this instance”. Mr Molale regretted that he could not provide more details of the accident at this stage as investigations were still on going. He disclosed that government will cover funeral expenses and provide the necessary psycho-social support to all the bereaved families of Matsha Senior Secondary school students who were involved in a road accident. Mr Molale said on receipt of information on the accident, a multi-disciplinary team was mobilised and dispatched to the scene and that response teams came in to reinforce the evacuation process. He assured parents and family members of government’s support “during these difficult times” saying government will provide basic amenities to the affected students, with further support coming from the private sector and members of the public. In addition, he said some parents whose children were admitted have been provided with accommodation and transport to visit patients, particularly those in Gaborone hospitals. A total of 109 students, as well as the driver and his assistant remain admitted at Scottish Livingstone, Princess Marina, Bokamoso Private and Gaborone Private Hospitals. He said three students were attended at Letlhakeng Clinic and discharged, while four had earlier disembarked at Tshwane before the accident occurred and that a follow-up of psycho-social support and rehabilitation has been put in place for all the students. Mr Molale acknowledged the national response to the tragedy . The Banking Association of Botswana , he said, has openend an account at Stanbic Bank for contributions by members of the public. The association will contribute seed money into the account. Members of the public who wish to make contributions to the victims of the Matsha College tragedy can contact the Disaster Management Office at the Office of the President between 0730hrs and 1800hrs at the following toll free number: 0800 600 130.
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