Namibian President Bans New Cars For Ministers
As part of a reform agenda which is also aimed at reducing government expenditure, President Hage Geingob has decided that the fleet of vehicles for Public Office Bearers will not be renewed for a period of five years as the country tries to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The information was made public in a tweet by the president which read "Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025".
The measure is expected to save $10.7 million and the president's tweet says the money will be used on "urgent priorities, specifically at a time when the country is dealing with the health and economic implications of Covid-19".
The president has also put a cap on monthly fuel consumption by the government and Public Office Bearers, and a media statement from the Presidency revealed that under Geingob, government spending has been reduced by 9% while annual travel and subsistence allowances have been cut by 62%.
Information from the BBC says every Namibian minister and deputy are entitled to a Mercedes-Benz when they are appointed.
The country with a population of 2.5 million inhabitants has so far recorded 16 Coronavirus cases and no deaths.