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NUDO questions N.dollars 5.6 billion Defence budget allocation

WINDHOEK, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) is questioning Government’s allocation of N.dollars 5.6 billion to the Ministry of Defence for the 2017/18 financial year.
According to NUDO President Asser Mbai, the money could have been channelled to other vital developmental programmes.
Mbai, who was addressing NUDO’s third National Council meeting on Saturday in Otjiherero, explained that such a substantial amount could have been used to increase the social grant for orphans and disadvantaged children.
“As a patriotic citizen of this country, I am yet to be convinced that our country is engaged in any [war] with any neighbouring country that is a danger to our safety and security,” noted Mbai.
The Ministry of Defence is set to receive N.dollars 5.6 billion for 2017/18, which is less compared to a revised budget of N.dollars 5.9 billion they got in 2016/2017. But despite this reduction, Defence will still get the fourth biggest chunk, the first being education followed by higher education and third health.
“Those children have been receiving N.dollars 250.00 per month ever since, which is totally very little comparing to the old age pensioners,” he further said.
Mbai explained that as a country, Namibia needs to prepare for the future by investing in young people.
Even though the country is about to celebrate the 27th anniversary of freedom, the Swapo Party led government has failed the people as it is still fighting the same demons since 1960, said Mbai.
“Swapo has absolutely lost control internally and externally, poverty is escalating and the gap between the poor and rich is escalating.”
On genocide and reparations, Mbai said NUDO as a party that is spearheading this issue, will continue meeting with relevant stakeholders to ensure that it is resolved amicably.
On the stance of the land issue, he said a committee will be set up to help the party prepare for the Second National Land Conference expected in September.
(NAMPA)
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