How Does Namibian Army Spend So Big, Yet So Broke?

Defence Minister Penda ya Ndakolo has reportedly admitted that he did not inform President Hage Geingob about the military's decision to purchase a U.S.$3,8 million farm. The purchase was made three weeks after the ministry announced that thousands of troops will be sent on leave because there was no money to feed them.



  • Namibia:   Ya Ndakolo Downplays Farm Criticism

    Namibian, 22 February 2018

    Defence minister Penda ya Ndakolo downplayed concerns that the decision to buy a N$45 million farm for the military was unprocedural, claiming that it was a cheaper offer. Read more »

Namibian army (file photo).

  • Namibia:   Minister Explains U.S.$3,8 Million Farm Purchase

    New Era, 22 February 2018

    Defence Minister Penda ya Ndakolo admitted to fellow lawmakers in the National Assembly this week that he did not inform President Hage Geingob, who doubles as commander-in-chief… Read more »

  • Namibia:   Ya Ndakolo Clarifies Sending Soldiers Home

    New Era, 22 February 2018

    The Minister of Defence Penda ya Ndakolo says the ministry did not send 1,000 soldiers home because it cannot feed them, but rather as an exercise to mitigate the current financial… Read more »

  • Namibia:   Geingob Irked By U.S.$3.7 Million Spent to Buy Farm

    New Era, 9 February 2018

    President Hage Geingob has expressed his dismay at the Ministry of Defence spending about N$45 million to acquire the luxury farm Oropoko, which will be used to train elite… Read more »

  • Namibia:   Defence Ministry Buys Farm

    Namibian, 8 February 2018

    The defence ministry has spent about N$45 million to acquire a farm that will be used to train soldiers to live in harmony with wildlife, and to practise 'perfect shooting skills',… Read more »

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