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 • ARE we in a free country or are we just pretending to be? There are some people crying for freedom but we Namibians are denying them that. I am a born-free. Twenty-four years are not enough to start another war. Government, you are there to protect and
 • CAN someone tell this nation the grades of those 80 girls who took part in the Olufuko Festival? How many ministers, directors and other highly respected leaders in our society allowed their children to be initiated? The Namibian, just investigate five
 • IT IS the right time that NEKA advise the ‘struggle kids’ to behave. We all fought for this country but we never disturbed the leaders in their offices. Comrade Elijah Ngurare, stop behaving like a doll. The children must go home and wait for their oppo
 • I HAVE noticed something regrettable about some people (men and women) in this country. They are defaming other people’s names to get positions either in government or in parastatals. Mr President, Prime Minister, ministers and CEOs, always investigate
 • WHAT a shame on the Namibian government and its law enforcement unit, the police. The ‘struggle kids’ are not armed. Shame on the leaders. I wonder what would have happened if it was one of your daughters covered in blood like Frieda Ndatipo.
 *SHAME on you, Hage Geingob, you are now sympathising with Frieda Ndatipo’s family and fellow ‘struggle kids’ while you said the ‘struggle kids’ are not special. Were you waiting for such a fatal incident to occur before you react?
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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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