Mozambique: Insurance coverage Firm Refuses to Pay Compensation – AllAfrica – High Africa Information

August 18, 2022 By admin

Maputo — The publicly-owned Mozambican insurance coverage firm, Emose, is refusing to pay any compensation to the victims of one of many nation’s worst highway accidents, on the grounds that the insurance coverage coverage of the bus concerned within the accident had expired.
34 passengers died within the accident which occurred in July 2021, on the nation’s predominant north-south freeway (EN1) in Manhica district, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo.
Final week, the Manhica district court docket sentenced the bus firm, Nhancale Transport, and Emose, to pay compensation of 33 million meticais (516,000 US {dollars}, on the present alternate price) to the households of the victims.
However on Tuesday Emose held a press convention in Maputo, at which its technical director, Benedito Manhica denied that the corporate bore any accountability for the accident.
“The bus firm didn’t pay the instalment of the coverage that expired in November 2020, and so the insurance coverage contract turned null and void. The final instalment wasn’t paid, and so there was no contract”, mentioned Manhica.
If there was no legitimate contract, Emose was not obliged to pay something, he mentioned, and so the corporate meant to attraction in opposition to the ruling of the district court docket.
Nonetheless, in delivering its verdict the court docket dominated that Emose bore a few of the accountability as a result of it had not warned Nhancale that the insurance coverage coverage, compulsory for all passenger automobiles, was expiring and have to be renewed.
The court docket additionally sentenced the bus driver, Carlos Mugaduia, to 1 yr and eight months imprisonment, transformed to a advantageous, and disqualified him from driving for a yr.
The Mozambican Bar Affiliation (OAM) is contemplating interesting in opposition to the sentence as a result of it regards it as too lenient. It had referred to as for compensation of 44 million meticais.
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