Shixwameni wants decent accommodation for soldiers

WINDHOEK: The Namibia All People’s Party (APP)’s president Ignatius Shixwameni has called for proper and decent accommodation for members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

Shixwameni made a called on Wednesday during the discussion and debate on the Ministry of Defence’s N.dollars 6.6 billion budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year.

“We need to give soldiers decent accommodations but not only barracks,” he said.

Shixwameni said with the introduction of the National Mass Housing project, soldier need to be the first priority to be beneficiaries of the first phase which set to complete after two years.

Shixwameni welcomed the retirement package that the ministry is currently busy investigating for all members of defence.

The aim of the retirement package is to ensure that members retiring at different ranks shall have earned a reasonable pension to take care of their social and economic needs.

Meanwhile, Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana supported the re-grading of the soldiers’ salary, saying this may help them to improve on their social and economic needs.

Kawana suggested for the creation of department in the Ministry of Defence to have its own bricklayers and engineers.

Health and Social Services Minister Richard Kamwi supported the ministry’s budget allocation and commented the ministry in assisting his ministry when conducting immunisation campaigns in remote areas and in fight of cholera in the Kunene region.

Members of Parliament have commented the ministry for displaying the military equipments and uniforms and help them understand how the budget allocation to the ministry will be utilised.

The exhibition was held at the National Assembly’s courtyard, before the Minister of Defence Nahas Angula introduced the ministry budget allocation in Parliament last week.

The purpose of the exhibition is to enlighten the Members of Parliament (MPs) on what the appropriated amount is budgeted for.

In his response Angula said the issue of accommodation will be the thing of the past very soon. He said the lack of accommodation has been challenge and forced the ministry to put on hold recruitment process into Defence Force for the last three years.

Angula said the renovation of the accommodation infrastructure in most military bases is progressing well.

He added that the programme of construction continues this year and in the future.

Angula said the retirement package will be implemented as soon as the investigation into the process completed.

He said the aim of the retirement package is to ensure that members retiring at different ranks shall have earned a reasonable pension to take care of their social and economic needs.

(edited)WINDHOEK: All People’s Party (APP) president Ignatius Shixwameni has called for decent accommodation for members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

He made this call in the National Assembly on Wednesday during debate on the Ministry of Defence’s N.dollars 6,6 billion budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year.

“We need to give soldiers decent accommodation, not only barracks,” he stressed.

Shixwameni said soldiers need to be the first priority with the introduction of Government’s Mass Housing project, adding that they should benefit from the first phase of this project.

He also welcomed the retirement package the ministry is currently busy investigating for all members of the Defence Force.

The aim of the retirement package is to ensure that members retiring at different ranks earn a reasonable pension to take care of their social and economic needs.

Meanwhile, Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana supported the regrading of the soldiers’ salaries, saying this may help them to improve on their needs.

Health and Social Services’ Minister Richard Kamwi also supported the ministry’s budget allocation, and commended them for assisting his ministry when they were conducting immunisation campaigns in remote areas as well as in the fight against cholera in the Kunene Region.

Some Members of Parliament (MPs) then commended the ministry for their mini-exhibition last Thursday, which helped them understand how the budget allocation to the ministry would be utilised.

The mini-exhibition was held in the National Assembly’s courtyard before Defence Minister Nahas Angula introduced his ministry’s budget allocation in Parliament then.

In his response, Angula said the problem of accommodation will be a thing of the past very soon.

He said the lack of proper NDF accommodation is a challenge, and had forced the ministry to put recruitment processes for the Defence Force on hold for the last three years.

The renovation of accommodation infrastructure in most military bases is progressing well, while the retirement packages will be implemented as soon as investigations into the process are completed, Angula beamed.

SOURCE: NAMPA