By Eliaser Ndeyanale
TAXPAYERS will cough up N$10 million to repair 617 Government vehicles involved in accidents in the past two years.
According to the Auditor- General report on the accounts of the Ministry of Safety and Security department of policing which was tabled in the National Assembly last week, the ministry has already paid N$1 548 789.53 to repair 149 vehicles while 468 are still to be repaired at an estimated cost of N$9 million.
Another big dole out according to the report is compensation of members of the public who were unlawfully arrested by police whose brutality has spiralled out of control. The claim payouts are recorded at a total N$2,3 million.
“Furthermore the Accounting Officer reported that there are pending registered civil claims against the Government with a total amount of N$61 358 697.53,” reads part of the report. There have been a number of incidents where members of the Namibian Police have reportedly used brutal force on citizens leading to fatalities, including the death of a struggle kid protestor Titus Mweshinga Iita (31) who died after sustaining internal injuries inflicted during a police raid.
In July this year Nampol Head of Internal Investigative Unity Commissioner Christoph Nakanyala told Confidente that 34 police officers were facing murder charges while 84 were facing attempted murder charges. Nakanyala then revealed that about 118 shooting incidents involving police officers were recorded from 2010 to date of which 34 were murder cases.
The ministry also incurred 57 cases of losses through irregularities by persons employed by the Government during that financial period, totalling an amount of N$170 688.83.
“A total amount of N$2 090.01 for 16 cases was recovered during the financial year under review and a total amount of N$168 598.82 for 41 cases still pending. Furthermore, the accounting officer reported 10 other losses through irregularities with a total amount of N$50 388.76.”
The ministry also overspent its budget with N$2 million which is unauthorised in terms of Section six of State Finance Act, 1991 (Act31 of 1991).
Auditor General Junias Kandjeke recommended that the ministry’s Permanent Secretary should put measures in place to avoid over-spending and ensure that planned activities are implemented within the approved budget. Furthermore, Kandjeke says, if the specific activities are expected to exceed the budgeted funds due to unforeseen circumstances, funds should be viremented (an administrative transfer of funds from one part of a budget to another) from activities where savings are expected.
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