OPM refutes S&T allegations

02 Feb 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has rejected reports in local media alleging that some civil servants travel around the country to do petty jobs like serving cool drinks at funerals in order to benefit from subsistence and travel (S&T) allowances.

In a media statement issued on Thursday by the permanent Secretary in the OPM, I-Ben Natangwe Nashandi, the article appeared in The Namibian newspaper’s SMS section on 25 January 2019.

Nashandi said the OPM does not allow civil servants to travel around the country to do petty jobs like serving cool drinks at funerals.

“It is in lieu of this background that the Office Of the Prime Minister dismisses the claim that it allows civil servants to travel around the country with State Funerals for petty jobs and to cash-in on S&Ts,” stressed Nashandi.

Nashandi indicated that there is a National Preparatory Committee that also has sub-committees, which deal with state funerals and they follow an established set of processes and procedures.

“Given the above, it is mandatory for some members of the National Preparatory Committee to oversee the preparation and to ensure that the protocol and standards are maintained. Hence, the participation of the National Preparatory Committee members is essential,” said Nashandi.

He added that the National Preparatory Committee has always included regional preparatory committees and local volunteers. The regional and local representatives play roles including providing catering and serving of food items as well as logistics, he added.

“It is therefore untrue that senior stuff members do petty work. In the case of the recent funeral of late Major General Peter Nambundunga, the National Preparatory Committee was joined by representatives from Omusati Regional Council and the Governor’s Office,” he explained further.

Nashandi further noted that the OPM is well aware of the financial predicament the country is faced with and as such, they have put fiscal measures in place to safeguard the meager resources at their disposal.