15 April 2013

Namibia: Soldiers Need Better Housing

THE Minister of Defence, Nahas Angula, says the living conditions of soldiers will be addressed.

Angula was replying to concerns raised by some parliamentarians during Thursday’s discussion of the Ministry of Defence’s budget in the National Assembly.

“It’s an important institution and we will look into the matters [living conditions],” Angula said.

He said no new recruits would be taken in until the accommodation problems were solved.

During the debate Swapo backbencher Kazenambo Kazenambo said Namibia was fairly rich and there was a need to strengthen economic conditions at the Ministry of Defence.

“Fishing quotas can be given to institutions of the State which are very important,” Kazenambo said.

Kazenambo was troubled by individuals who sell their fishing quotas and live safely in upmarket houses while those who protect them are sleeping in poor facilities.

The DTA’s Philemon Moongo said “soldiers are always neglected and the welfare of lowly ranked army personnel needs to be taken care of”.

“Salaries are very bad,” Moongo claimed.

Jesaya Nyamu of the Rally for Democracy and Progress proposed that all Namibians receive military training in order to defend the country if necessary. Kazenambo said Nyamu’s proposal was “backward politics” and should not be taken seriously.

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