Govt garage outsources to private companies as technicians leave for greener pastures
The Ministry of Works and Transport’s Government Garage has been outsourcing private companies to fix government vehicles because they do not have the technicians for the job.
The Ministry said that Gvt Garage has lost most of its mechanical engineers, who left for greener pastures and it is not able to do all its services because it does not have the necessary machinery.
“I cannot really comment on the issue that Ministry of works are outsourcing to private companies to do what they supposed to do as it is their mandate to make sure government vehicles are fixed,” says the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein.
He said Ministry of works should have the capacity to oversee what work is done by those that are working at government garage mostly engineers that are from other countries who are fully taken care of by the government.
Schlettwein also said that some government vehicles have maintance insurance, and thus could be the reason why they take them to private companies to fix them
The Villager understands that Gvt Garage which sees to the maintenance of state owned vehicles including ministerial and presidential transport has assigned the job to Premier Tires (a car garage) because they do not have the necessary machinery for wheel alinement, wheel balancing and tire repairing.
“We do not have machines and people. The people we had have left for greener pastures” MWT spokesperson Grace Mubonenwa told The Villager. However she denied, MWT outsourcing car maintenance to other. The Villager has it on good authority that services are outsourced to pvt garages.
“The only thing we take our cars to be fixed outside is the reboring and honing, panel beating and spray painting, the rest is done at our government garage,” says Mubonenwa.
The Villager also visited two privately owned garages that were working on vehicles last week.
In 2010, the ministry sold 25 vehicles to ministers who according to the Public Office Bearers Commission are allowed buy their official vehicles (Mercedes Benz) at the end of their office term.
The ministry auctioned off two other vehicles because they were involved in accidents. During their 5 years tenure, Ministers are deducted 20% rates and tax monthly for the Mercedes Benz and at the end of their five year term they are given an offer to buy those Benz at 20% reduction per annum.
“Should then there be a Minister who has shown no interest to purchase his / her vehicle, then that vehicle will be taken to the VIP pool Section to be used to transport dignitaries and other state visitors,” Mubonenwa said.
She also said that Mercedes Benz can be publicly auctioned if it accumulates high kilometres, but since 2010 only two (2) Mercedes Benz were sold through public auction at a cost of N$ 73 000.00 each as they were involved in major accidents, this means that 25 Mercedes Benz were sold to ministers.
by Jona Musheko