President Geingob Hage of Namibia has slammed a five year ban on buying new cars for top politicians and government officials in order to create an avenue so as to channel funds into fighting coronavirus.
I have directed that the vehicle fleet of the Namibian government will not be renewed for the period 2020-2025. No new vehicles will be purchased for members of the executive and public office bearers in the Namibian government,” Geingob Stated.
Therefore, this decision would save some 200 million Namibian dollars (US$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.
The southern African country of 2.5 million people has so far recorded 16 cases of COVID-19, with no deaths.
Also, The Namibian ministers and their deputies each qualify for Mercedes-Benz vehicles upon their appointment and the president also limits the monthly fuel consumption for top politicians, Geingob said.
In 2002, then-president Sam Nujoma had banned the use of Mercedes-Benzes, insisting that ministers should ride in Toyota Camry cars.