Namibia’s president bans ministers, officials from buying new cars for 5 years, money to be spent on dealing with coronavirus

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Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025.
Namibia’s president on Thursday slapped a five-year ban on buying new cars for top politicians and government officials in order to channel funds into fighting coronavirus, his office said.

President Hage Geingob “has directed that the vehicle fleet of the Namibian government will not be renewed for the period 2020-2025,” presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari announced in a statement.
“No new vehicles will be purchased for members of the executive and public office bearers in the Namibian government.”
He said the decision would save some $10.7 million, which will be directed “to urgent priorities, specifically at a time when the country is dealing with the health and economic implications of COVID-19”.

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The southern African country of 2.5 million people has so far recorded 16 cases of COVID-19, with no deaths.
Namibian ministers and their deputies each qualify for Mercedes-Benz vehicles upon their appointment.
The president also directed a limit on monthly fuel consumption for top politicians, the government said.
Since March 2020, the president has continued with major government reforms for effective governance, reducing significantly the size of cabinet and terminating the position of special presidential advisors to 14.
In 2018, President of Namibia, Hage Geingob, with immediate effect banned all foreign travel for public office bearers for a month.

In a statement published on January 31, 2018 via the government’s Twitter handle, the president said the move was to ‘rein in public expenditure.’
The directive was specifically in the interest of curtailing public expenditure, no request for outbound travel of Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other Political Office Bearers

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