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Coronavirus: Namibia bans new cars for public office holders till 2025

Coronavirus: Namibia bans new cars for public office holders till 2025

 

As part of measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, the Namibian government has banned purchase of new cars for government officials till 2025.

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob who made this known on Twitter on Thursday, also placed a cap on monthly fuel consumption by public office holders.

Geingob said the decision would save the country 200 million Namibian dollars (US$10.7 million), which, he said, 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 statement read in parts;

“Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025.

“Savings of 200 million Namibia dollars (about $10.8 million) will be directed to urgent priority areas.”

The southern African country with a population 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. In 2002, then-president Sam Nujoma had banned the use of Mercedes-Benz, insisting that ministers should ride in Toyota Camry cars.

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