Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob, says the government won’t purchase cars till 2025.
The President noted that this was a result of the economic difficulties occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Announcing through his twitter handle, he also directed a cap on monthly fuel consumption by public office holders.
“Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025,” he wrote.
“Savings of 200 million Namibia dollars (about $10.8 million) will be directed to urgent priority areas.”
A statement he shared added that by “constantly directing government offices, ministries and agencies to do more with less,” major savings across the government system have been achieved over the past five years since Geingob.
“Government spending has been reduced by 9%, annual travel and subsistence allowances have been cut by 62%,” it added.
As at May 14th, Namibia with a population of about 2.5 million has confirmed 16 cases of COVID-19.
Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025. Savings of 200 million N$ will be directed to urgent priority areas. Below is the statement issued by The Presidency to that effect: pic.twitter.com/6FLnAdf7xd
— Hage G. Geingob (@hagegeingob) May 14, 2020