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 • WHY is it that when there is opposition to Swapo’s dictatorial tendencies, foreigners and imperialists get the blame? Does Hage Geingob and company think we Namibians are all stooges and cannot think for ourselves? Or is it only good we are stooges when
 • WHY not introduce Basic Income Grant as a constitutional right? Because nowadays one cannot live anymore without at least a certain small amount. Life is BIG.
 • USAKOS Town Council, thanks for cleaning the town. Keep it up. – Legend
 • THIS is how our country is. Everybody, including the minister of transport, are still in their positions, except Theo Namases of Air Namibia who was suspended. Even the ACC is afraid to investigate. Everything is quiet. Why? The President and Prime Mini
 MATHEW Mumbala, your statement in The Namibian to Venaani shows why the people are still living in shacks after 24 years of independence under the Swapo government. That mentality won’t change anything.
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FRONT PAGE | 2012-04-17
NDF halts recruitment of new soldiers
JAN POOLMAN
THE Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will not recruit soldiers for the next two years because of a lack of accommodation facilities.
The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security has reported to Parliament that the accommodation at army bases is not appropriate.
Defence Minister Charles Namoloh informed the National Assembly during the motivation of his ministry's budget vote that to address this a challenge, the regular recruitment into the NDF would be suspended for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years.
Since 2008 the NDF has recruited more than 6 000 members, including some from the marginalised communities and children of the liberation struggle.
However, he said the appointment of specialists and other staff categories will continue according to need.
At the same time it was pointed out that accommodation for NDF members has significantly improved during the period under review, 'even though much still needs to be done in this regard as some bases remain congested.'
Turning to the salaries and promotion of NDF staff, the House was informed that the NDF salary structure has been reviewed and is awaiting approval by the Public Service Commission for implementation, and that 2 217 soldiers were promoted with effect from April 1 2012, of whom 39 per cent are women.
'To accomplish the training needs of the NDF, we are modernising our training institutions and building specialised ones. For this purpose, the construction of the Military Academy at Okahandja is well underway, the Grootfontein Military Airport has been modernised and the Karibib Air Force Base, which will completely change the face of Karibib, is about to be completed. The ministry requires an amount of N$84 million for this programme for the 2012/2013 financial year,' Namoloh said.
To improve the mobility of the NDF, the ministry acquired additional planes and vessels during the period under review, including five helicopters and a logistics vessel called the Elephant, which will be arriving in Namibia soon.
'These assets, especially the helicopters, are geared up to be used for national relief duties.'
The minister also expressed concerned about the emerging tendency of tribalism in Namibia.
'I wish to call on all of us to join forces to stop it before it destroys our motherland. Namibia continues to enjoy peace and stability, which we all have the responsibility to continue zealously upholding.'
The ministry needs slightly more than N$3,4 billion to successfully execute its operations during the 2012/2013 financial year.

         


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