By Eliaser Ndeyanale
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob warned staff in the presidency against using Government as their cash cow through S&Ts and overtime claims.
He was addressing his staff on Monday. The travel allowance known as S&T (subsistence and travelling) has been identified as one of the areas costing the state massively in terms of money spent and time lost from work. Many public workers have been known to create opportunities to travel, because of S&T from which they make extra income.
“There are people, who budget for the S&T. When they travel they have planned cars that they are going to buy. People are fighting to go on leave. When people are not taking annual leave it’s a war. People don’t want to go on leave; they are fighting for overtime and S&Ts.
“There are people (on the street) that are not getting anything, we don’t care about them, we just want overtime and S&T. We are going to fight that. It is our responsibility, as the Office of the President to be at the forefront of turning this hope into reality. Let us lead by example, guiding the rest of the country towards the light at the end of the tunnel, and in so doing cast the shadows of our burdens behind us,” he said.
The President further implored the staff to do away with retrogressive ways of racism, tribalism, mistrust, poverty, exclusivity and corruption to embrace nation building qualities like hard work, sacrifice, unity, accountability, transparency and trust, in order to build a better Namibia.
“Many of them have embarked on an information campaign to attempt to play down our milestones by attempting to ridicule our narrative and initiatives. But we need to stay the course and not be deterred by those who feel threatened by our success.
“This Presidency has been tasked with bringing about shared prosperity in Namibia, and that requires a new approach to doing things; it requires an organisational change. It is for this reason that certain ministries and offices have been created.”
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