DPM to receive more responsibilities

12 Mar 2015 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - President-elect Dr Hage Geingob says the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) will not be a stand-alone office when he officially resumes power in less than two weeks.
He made the announcement on Wednesday when he unveiled current Veterans’ Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo as the new vice-president, long-serving Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as Prime Minister, and incumbent Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as Deputy Prime Minister. These officials and other Government officials will be sworn into their new positions on 21 March 2015.
The DPM position has over the years been perceived as more ceremonious without many responsibilities.
“The DPM will have a substantive portfolio which I will reveal at a later stage. There are some ministries that we would like to improve upon and divide some that are big,” said Geingob.
He explained that the implications of the expanded government executive are top heavy and costly, but necessary.
Considering the endless needs of marginalised communities in Namibia, Cabinet directed for the establishment of a focused and dedicated socio-economic San Development Programme under the Office of the Prime Minister in 2005.
The main objective is to integrate marginalised communities into the mainstream of the Namibian economy and improve their livelihood.
Former DPM Dr Libertina Amathila spearheaded the San Development Programme, a noble humanitarian project.
The programme now under current DPM Marco Hausiku has recorded considerable achievements in the provision of land, livestock, education, clean drinking water, livelihood support, conservancies, and better housing to bring these communities on par with the mainstream population in Namibia.
Meanwhile, Geingob said that a final media conference will be held soon to inform the nation on the rest of the structure of the new government and some members of his Cabinet.