Legislators this week expressed dissatisfaction with the mistreatment suffered by accident victims at the hands of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) and called for speedy policy change to remove proof of negligence as a requirement for compensation of accident victims.
MPs expressed dissatisfaction during the budget debate that ensued after the presentation of the budget by the minister of Finance, Baledzi Gaolathe, before parliament on Monday.
MP for Tonota South, Pono Moatlhodi, said the current MVAF Act adversely affected Batswana accident victims and would want the proposed changes to take place within a short period of time.
Moatlhodi said issues surrounding the determination of negligence have resulted in denial of compensation to many victims of motor vehicle accidents.
He said some accident victims are left wheel -chair bound while others developed permanent scars that would haunt the victim forever.
He cited an example in which one of his constituents was denied compensation merely because of an MVAF Act clause which requires a negligence proof on the part of the driver.
Moatlhodi said Sebonego Ramosesane was in the bush collecting fire-wood when a stray vehicle left the road and knocked him down.
He said to date the victim had still not been compensated because the MVAF investigations point to something else outside negligence on the part of the driver.
He would, however, not debate much because Minister Gaolathe had assured parliament that a bill to revise the MVAF Act was being drafted and in the offing for consideration.
On health matters, the legislator said the government was so much into HIV/AIDS disease and was neglecting other equally serious diseases.
He pleaded with the government to pay more attention to other life threatening diseases.
With the envisaged CEDA Young Farmers Fund, Pono congratulated the government for the initiative and called for a special team to guide the farmers.
With the initiative, he said, the government aimed at food production and thereby was trying to remove the notion that we are just a country of consumers.
On rural developments, the Tonota South legislator criticized the government for giving out too much hand ÔÇôouts, especially in the rural areas.
He insisted the government should assist the poor in making a living for themselves instead encouraging dependency.
He also lambasted the government’s approach towards the towns saying government was so bent on developing towns especially the city of Gaborone.
He called on the government to build infrastructures like the anticipated diamond plant in the rural areas to thwart job seeking citizens from migrating to towns.