MISA lunches A Fundraising Campaign For Injured Scribe

Masaninga, a senior reporter with the Midlands Observer was ran over by an unlicensed driver on April 1 when the driver lost control of his Mazda pickup truck and crashed into the scribe’s home precast security wall in Mbizo .
Masaninga, who is still admitted at Kwekwe General Hospital, had his leg amputated as a result of the accident. MISA National Chairperson, Njabulo Ncube told Radio VOP that  MISA has decided to launch the Howard Masaninga fundraising campaign to assist him and his family to raise his medical bills which have since  ballooned  to $US 4 300.
“On Thursday a MISA delegation which included MISA National Director, Nhlanhla Ngwenya and MISA Trustee member Laughty Dube visited Howard at Kwekwe General Hospital and   launched the fundraising campaign. We were deeply touched by his plight,” said Ncube.
 Ncube said Masaninga also requires money to buy an artificial limb.
“We therefore appeal for donations in cash or kind to meet the afore-said medical expenses and any requirements. The solidarity fund will be open till 31 May 2012. There after we are going to collate the donations from the provincial registers and hand over the funds to the Masaninga family” added Ncube.
 As part of accountability mechanisms, the MISA chairperson said names of the contributors will be published in the media. He added that MISA provincial advocacy chairpersons will be coordinating the fund in provinces while the MISA secretariat will coordinate the fund at national level.
The unlicensed driver, Silas Chitowa (26) was this week sentenced to 20 days or US$50 fine for driving without a licence, 10 days or $US50 for failing to stop after a serious accident and two months without an option of a fine for negligent driving.