The Ministry of Defence has given its assurance that despite Namibias current financial situation, the countrys defence and security are not compromised and national sovereignty is guaranteed.
In a statement issued here Thursday, Minister of Defence Penda Ya Ndakolo explained that most planned events of his ministry and the defence force had to be compromised due to financial constraints.
The ministry had to employ some measures and improvise where necessary in order to ensure that the defence force remains focused and ready to fulfil its constitutional mandate, he said.
He added that identifying areas which could be targeted to save costs in order to allocate those savings to priority areas such as training and transport are one of the measures.
Utilities such as water, electricity and feeding were found to be the commodities on which savings could be made, he said.
Ya Ndakolo noted that that Ministry experienced budget cuts during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years.
Indications are also that there may not be major improvements in the budgetary allocations for the 2018/19 financial year, he said.
Ya Ndakolo further said the ministry is working on measures to deal with the situation at hand and further assures Namibians to be calm and supportive of national security.
Local media reported this week that thousands of army personnel will be forced to take leave since the army can no longer afford to feed them or pay water and electricity bills.
- Title: Defence Ministry says State security not compromised
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