By Eliaser Ndeyanale
MINISTER of Finance Calle Schlettwein became the first Cabinet minister to declare his personal assets and wealth.
Speaking at a media briefing this morning, Schlettwein said he followed the example set by President Hage Geingob when he declared his assets last year.
“I believe that, as the custodian of public finances, it is important that I share with you what I own and how I accumulated my personal assets. “I personally have decided to do so voluntarily because I believe that transparency and accountability is pivotal to good governance and for developing our nation into a just and prosperous society,” he said.
After he completed his masters of Science degree at the University of Stellenbosch, Schlettwein started his career in the public service in 1980 as a researcher employed then by the department of water affairs where his first salary was R680.00 per month.
“I was already married and we had two children at that time. Housing was free, but we had to pay electricity and water. Additional benefits that the State offered its employees were medical aid and pension benefits.”
Schlettwein who had been permanent secretary since 1990 to March 2010 before he was appointed deputy minister of finance said he owns flats in Swakopmund that are currently being renovated. His Windhoek residence which he acquired in 1984 for N$75 000 is also currently undergoing renovations at the tune of N$1.2 million.
Apart from property ownership, Schlettwein who is married out of community of property owns a 2000 Mercedes Benz, 2006 Jeep Commander 4.7, 2002 Mercedes Benz C200K Classic A/T, 2004 Mercedes Benz C180K Avantgarde, 2010 Mercedes Benz E200 CGI BE Estate Avantgarde and household items valued N$1.17 million.
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