Presidency spent N.dollars 26.1 million on transport in 2017/18

The Presidency's annual report � in which the information is captured � was recently submitted to the National Assembly and was signed off by Presidential Affairs Minister Martin Andjaba.

The report details an array of activities that were undertaken by the Office of the President, Vice President as well as offices of former presidents.

It also captures activities and visits, local and international trips undertaken by the president, vice president as well as former presidents during the period under review.

In terms of expenditure, the Division [of] Ceremonial Services and Motorcade leads the pack.

The division's mandate is to arrange and coordinate ceremonial events, national honours and has the responsibility to procure and store all national honours.

It administers 234 government-owned vehicles on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Transport as the Presidency does not have its own fleet.

The vehicles include sedans, 4x4 pick-ups, SUVs and vans numbering to 198 motor vehicles and 36 motorbikes.

The division is further responsible for the reconciliation and payment of all transport-related invoices from the Ministry of Works and Transport (Division Government Garage and from the Department of Government Air Transport Services) for vehicles, aircraft and helicopter rental and from other private companies, reads a section of the report.

During the period under review, the Presidency spent N.dollars 8.2 million on fixed tariff claims while N.dollars 5 million was spent on pool vehicles.

In addition, the government spent N.dollars 3.6 million on the Presidency's fuel consumption needs during the years under review, the report shows.

Further, aircraft and/or helicopter rental cost taxpayers an amount of N.dollars 8.4 million, it further indicates.

When broken down, the Office of the President spent N.dollars 12.3 million on its transport needs while for administration, the Presidency used N.dollars 2.7 million.

The offices of former President HifikepunyePohamba and Founding President Sam Nujoma used a combined N.dollars 6.3 million on vehicles and other transport expenses according to the report.

The Office of the Vice President used N.dollars 1.9 million for its transport.

In addition, the Division for Marginalised Communities spent N.dollars 952 023 on transportation.

Meanwhile, the Division for Disability Affairs which also resides in the Office of the Vice President spent N.dollars 2 million on transport, the report further revealed.

The Presidency remains committed to the ethos of accountability, transparency, and inclusivity which are the core pillars of good governance and will always endeavor to do our utmost best to carry out our mandate, Andjaba said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency