Kuugongelwa-Amadhila toss PSes into blast furnace

February 5, 2018, 5:23pm

The raft of cost-cutting measures set by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will expose the strength and weakness of permanent secretaries who have been tasked with over-looking their implementation to bring out solid results.

The prime minister has given power to ministerial permanent secretaries/accounting officers to make sure that fiscal discipline is enforced.

So urgent has the need for tighter fiscal consolidation become as the economy drags with limited finances which have seen soldiers being sent home, expensive outbound flights banned and an estimated 46 contract workers poised to lose their jobs by month-end at the Social Security Commission.

Economic Association of Namibia (EAN) Director and economic analyst Klause Schade has said permanent secretaries would need a strong spine in captaining public servants and forestalling wastage.