Sports Ministry clears the air on alleged funds constraints

28 Feb 2015 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA)- The Ministry of Youth, National, Services, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC)'s Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Sinimbo, said there is no financial crisis at the Ministry.
He said the ministry has however been struggling with funding events from sports federations have not been budgeted for.
Sinimbo stated this when he answered questions emailed to him by Nampa recently, noting that the hosting of the 11th African Women's Championship affected the ministry's budget, despite it being a success.
He stated that the Ministry spent N.dollars 84 million to host the competition, an amount apparently not catered for in its 2014/15 budget.
The 11th African Women's Championship, was held here in October 2014, which also marked Namibia's maiden participation at such at event.
The PS added that his Ministry did not receive any financial assistance from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Meanwhile, Netball Namibia had to postpone their senior national netball championship which they planned to host in Rundu in January.
The federation had to call off the event due to a lack of transport, a problem they attributed to the MYNSSC.
The national cycling team also had to wait days to get transport from the ministry for them to travel to South Africa and part take in the African Cycling Championships which took place earlier this month.
An official from the transport division in the same Ministry, Justy Kuhanga, earlier this month told this agency that the Sports Directorate had overspent last year and that is why it took them so long to provide the cycling team with transport.
Commenting on the transport issue, Sinimbo said Netball Namibia did not budget for the event they wished to host and their request was on short notice.
“Take note, Netball Namibia receives its funding from the Ministry through the Sports Commission, and for that event they did not budget which made it difficult for us to accommodate their request on time,” he said.