DTA calls on Pohamba to reform civil service

27 Jun 2013 10:50
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - DTA of Namibia Secretary-General McHenry Venaani has called on President Hifikepunye Pohamba to look into a strategic reform of the civil service with urgency.
In an open letter addressed to the Head of State, which Venaani shared with the media here on Thursday, he said it has become evident that from the country?s national budget, the nation spends a large chunk of its resources on maintaining the civil service.
?The civil service is overly large, bloated and unsustainable, as over 100 000 civil servants are too many for a small population such as ours,? the DTA leader said in the letter.
Venaani noted that he is aware of the country?s key challenges, chief amongst them unemployment, hence the demand for a well thought-out strategic plan to reform the civil service in a period of five to 10 years.
The DTA leader explained that this will lessen the burden on administrative costs as oppose to developmental needs which should give impetus to economic growth.
?The recent indicators of our slow Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth can be attributed to many factors, but I contend that the anomaly of a large bloated civil service is a contributor and a major hindrance to economic competitiveness,? he said.
Various institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, have also cautioned government on this matter, Venaani said.
The DTA leader thus urged Government to put up a comprehensive task force which includes various ministries under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister to come up with a plan to address this compounded problem.
?If you look at countries such as Greece, the reason why they have gone bankrupt is because of not curbing expenditure. If the country (Namibia) does not put up a reform strategy now, we will go that route where Government can no longer pay civil servants,? Venaani said.