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Friday, 15 May 2020

Namibia Bans New Cars For Government Officials Till 2025

                               Namibia Bans New Cars For Government Officials Till 2025
The Namibian government has banned government officials from buying new cars for a period of 5 years, a decision taken to mitigate the effect of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
President Hage Geingob who made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday May 14, also directed a cap on monthly fuel consumption by public office holders. 

He said the decision would save the country 200 million Namibian dollars about 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 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."

Namibia bans new cars for government officials till 2025

Namibia bans new cars for government officials till 2025
Namibia bans new cars for government officials till 2025

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. 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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