By Patience Nyangove
THE Namibian police has accused the Public Service Commission (PSC) of discrimination against its pilots who are the only aviators in Government not paid a single penny in professional and danger allowances unlike their counterparts in the Air Services and Namibia Defence Force.
Confidente has managed to establish that other pilots in Government are paid substantial amounts in allowances. According to an allowance schedule of pilots employed in the Ministry of Works and Transport-Directorate of Air Services who fly the presidency in either the Lear or Falcon jets they get a professional allowance of between N$16 000 and N$31 900, international competitive allowance of between N$59 000 and N$226 412, operations managers’ allowance of N$144 388, entertainment allowance of N$96 257 for the Captain of the Falcon, N$81 817 for the Captain of the Lear jet and N$57 753 for the first officer of the Falcon. The figures are for annual allowances. In addition to that they are paid allowances that include long and short range allowances that range between N$22 612 and N$108 289 annually.
Pilots in the Air Force are also paid professional allowances that range between N$19 925 and N$52 271 annually. Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General, Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed the predicament of the police pilots and added that his office had written to the PSC in the past four years about the matter and up to this day has not received any feedback.
“We have written to the PSC requesting them to also pay our pilots danger and professional allowances they pay other pilots in the civil service but up to now we are yet to get any feedback from them. In fact we made a submission to the PSC that all police officers should be paid risk and danger allowances,” Ndeitunga said.
However, the PSC, last week denied ever receiving a formal request from Nampol over the allowances of pilots. The commission however confirmed that a fact finding delegation from Nampol had travelled to several countries to establish a benchmark on the allowances that are paid other pilots within the police force.
Wilma Deetleff a Commissioner at the PSC who deals with Nampol matters while admitting that Nampol pilots are not being paid any allowances unlike their counterparts revealed that the force has not yet made a formal request for the awarding of the allowances to the commission.
“The Namibian police undertook benchmark visits to Tanzania, South Africa and the United Kingdom to look at how benefits for police officers in those countries are and that was in 2014. However the report they complied following those visits only reached me on March 2 2016. On July 15 the sub-committee met to discuss issues they presented following Nampol’s visits. It’s true Nampol pilots don’t get any allowances but it’s not true that the police have been writing to us during the past four years. No-one can recall such a request from Nampol. The first request for the allowances came on March 2 this year. “The police were asked to go and prioritise and decide which allowances are the most important because government can’t afford to pay all the allowances requested. Since July 15 we haven’t heard anything from the police. We assume they are still discussing before they make a formal request. Most of the people in the Air Services were seconded from Air Namibia and so to top up their salaries, allowances have to be added but that doesn’t mean Nampol pilots won’t also be given allowances. However we have to keep in mind the current financial problems that are happening in Namibia and the rest of world. The benchmark in their submission is just too much for Government to afford.”
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