Hage Geingob, Namibia president, on Thursday, imposed a five-year ban on purchase of new cars for top politicians and government officials in the country.
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He said the decision is to allow funds to be channeled into fighting coronavirus.
Presidential spokesperson, Alfredo Hengari, in a statement, said Geingob “has directed that the vehicle fleet of the Namibian government will not be renewed for the period 2020-2025”.
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“No new vehicles will be purchased for members of the executive and public office bearers in the Namibian government.”
He said the decision will save 200 million Namibian dollars (US$10.7 million), which will be directed “to urgent priorities, specifically at a time when the country is dealing with the health and economic implications of COVID-19”.
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Namibian ministers and their deputies qualify for Mercedes-Benz vehicles once appointed.
The president also directed a limit on monthly fuel consumption for top politicians, the government stated.
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In 2002, then-president, Sam Nujoma, had banned the use of Mercedes-Benz cars, insisting that ministers should ride in Toyota Camry cars.