Monday 14 June 2021
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Cabinet begs for cleaning money

Government ministries and agencies are being pressured to dish out N$20 000 towards the countrywide clean-up campaign, in what constitutes fresh evidence of conflation between agencies and the State.
Cabinet secretary George Simataa yesterday wrote to all permanent secretaries and accounting officers informing them that all offices, ministries and agencies must make the contribution.
“The National Preparatory Committee for the National Clean-Up Campaign have been established to prepare the National Clean-up Operation in collaboration with all Regional Governors. In an effort to implement and support the National Clean-Up Campaign, it has been agreed that each O/M/A makes a contribution of N$20 000,” said Simataa.
History is replete with similar cases.
In 2016 President Hage Geingob endorsed the transfer of N$11,3 million from the Social Security Commission (SSC) to allegedly cater for the training needs of the struggle kids.
Minister of Labour Erkki Nghimtina requested Geingob to authorise the release of the money from the commission’s development fund into an account that secretary to Cabinet George Simataa created at the SME Bank. The account named OPM-Children of the Liberation Struggle was opened on 7 September 2016.
The Social Security Commission development fund is meant for training and employment schemes to benefit economically disadvantaged and jobless people. It also provides grants, bursaries, loans and other financial aid to students enrolled at any recognised technical or academic institutions of higher education.
There are 27 ministries and a handful number of agencies, of which the majority are limping financially because of mismanagement, State interference, an economy in recession and poor corporate governance practices.
Annually, the auditor general produces financial reports that document the financial malaise in the ministries and government agencies. The clean-up campaign was initiated by Geingob after Windhoek lost its status as the cleanest city in Africa.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s Public Relation Officer Romeo Muyunda this week expressed concern over cleanliness and littering levels in the country.
“Tourism is one of the key contributors to our country’s economy and if the environment is not kept clean, foreign visitors might not be keen to come to Namibia anymore, which would deprive the country earning from tourism,” Muyunda said.
“Yes, there are plans to clean up because Namibia lost its status as the cleanest country in Africa, this shows that there is something we are not doing right. As Namibians we must apply the culture of cleaning up and people should be proud to clean, when you see someone littering please be proud enough to tell them not to litter,” pleaded Muyunda.
Commissioner Eveline January, the spokesperson of the Namibian Correctional Service, this week indicated that low risk offenders will also take part in the cleaning day.
She highlighted the commitment of the prison services towards public cleanliness when she indicated that offenders regularly take part in cleaning exercises.
She further indicated that they(NCS) are preparing for the cleaning day.
“Inmates still go out to clean at public places because it entails specific work assignments, we deliver services on request and it also depends on the security classification of the offender, we only make use of offenders who volunteer and they receive a gratuity” said January.
In a bid to reclaim Windhoek’s status as the cleanest city in Africa, Geingob last October revealed his intentions to set aside a day on which all Namibians will be called on to roll up their sleeves and engage in a nationwide cleanup campaign. In so doing, he said, Windhoek will not only reclaim the title of having the cleanest capital in Africa, but Namibia will go a step further to become the cleanest country in Africa.
In March Geingob said: ““Namibia is getting dirty. Windhoek used to be the cleanest city in Africa if not the country. Now Kigali overtook us. I was there and I had to admit. They are clean because they are cleaning up, period. We decided to have a nationwide cleaning up exercise where the army, police, teachers, other workers, ministers and President should all roll up their sleeves to clean-up,” he said.

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