Covid-19: Namibia Announces Five-Year Ban On Buying Cars For Politicians

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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.

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“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 200 million Namibian dollars (US $ 10 .7

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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 ”.

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.

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The president also directed a limit on monthly fuel consumption for top
politicians, the government said.

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In 2002, then – president Sam Nujoma had banned the use of Mercedes Benzes, insisting that ministers should ride in Toyota Camry cars.

Same scenario is applicable today in African leadership.

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