… As feathers ruffle between Telecom and NPTH
By Staff Reporter
Despite several calls from treasury and the office of the prime minister to limit expenditure in line with government’s stance to save the tight budget, it has emerged Information Communication Technology Minister Stanley Simataa is making a killing out of S&T.
Documents seen by The Patriot show that the minister has benefitted from thousands of dollars in travel allowance given to him by the Namibia Post Telecommunication Holdings (NPTH) chairperson, Lena Kangandjela.
The minister was allowed US$1 473 to spend in Moscow, Russia per day for the 2nd International Cybersecurity Congress.
The minister was scheduled to be in Russia from the 17th to the 23rd of June 2019 which translated to N$131 421 worth of S&T.
According to the leaked documents, the minister travelled business class on a flight ticket worth N$49 334.
This made the total sum stand at a whopping N$180 000.
Simataa wrote a letter dated 4 June 2019 to the Office of the minister in the presidency which is under Martin Andjaba requesting for the said monies.
Correspondence from Andjaba shows that President Hage Geingob gave his stamp of approval, thus automatically allowing NPTH to effect all the payments.
The minister has in the meantime suggested that there was nothing amiss about the monies.
“There is a document that determines what anyone gets at whatever levels when they go on a mission. What do you mean the President approved? The approval is there to undertake the trip,” he said
The Patriot has also been informed that the ministry of information communication technology handed over drought relief donation money of N$60 million from NPTH.
The source claimed that this materialized without any paper work done and that treasury was in the dark.
“Some well-placed sources have confided in friends that the minister of ICT is using it for election campaigning. The media is invited and full adverts to run in the newspapers for some time,” the source disclosed.
However, a press statement seen by this publication says that the funds will be channeled towards the national disaster fund under the ambit of the office of the prime minister.
“Further the donation forms part of NPTH’s social responsibility during these drought stricken times,” the statement says.