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Fri 24 Apr 2015
 ANTI-CORRUPTION Commission, it might be that 177 complaints were baseless last year. But you have a legal duty to provide the reasons to complainants in writing. You don't do that, which makes your conduct unlawful!
 MINISTER of fisheries Bernard Esau, my advice to get the aquaculture project on track is to milk from the desk of the initiator, late minister Abraham Iyambo. Let his legacy continue. — Makuti
 THE President has spoken, now we can only hope that we all maintain the rhythm of his maiden speech. Well done, Mr President. It's quite refreshing to know you care for Namibians in totality.
 COMRADE President Hage Geingob, let your minister of works and transport look at our roads from Uutapi to Onesi, Tsandi to Onesi and Onesi to Epalela. These roads need to be tarred. Our vehicles are getting damaged, especially during the rainy season.
 OUR First Lady is smart, elegant, successful and the most beautiful First Lady in Africa. Way to go, Madam Geingos, keep on making us proud like our President does.
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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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