Venaani dreams of a smaller Cabinet

14 Mar 2019 06:30am
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – The leader of the official opposition, McHenry Venaani, has proposed a smaller Cabinet, should he assume the role of Head of State in 2020.
His Cabinet would be composed of the president, prime minister, 15 ministers and four deputy ministers.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president Venaani made this announcement in the capital on Wednesday at a media conference, where he also indicated that the position of vice president would be dissolved, as it is “a waste of already meagre resources.”
He said a host of ministries would be merged, as the current Cabinet was “simply made to accommodate certain individuals as part of political patronage.”
At present, there are 27 ministers and 25 deputy ministers, while the current Cabinet is made up of 29 members, including the Head of State.
This, according to Venaani is a heavy burden on the State’s fiscus. He however did not say how much, in monetary terms, would be saved should the size of Cabinet be reduced.
“Namibians are tired and many of them are totally exhausted by the current status quo in which cadre deployment, jobs for comrades and your proximity to President Hage Geingob determines whether you have a government job or not and what salaries you would get in that government job,” Venaani charged.
The PDM’s ‘streamlined Cabinet’ is earmarked for implementation during the first 100 days, should the party assume political power, he vowed.
The 15 ministries, amongst others, will include the envisioned ministries of Agrarian, Water and Land Reform; Information, Research and Digital Economy and that of Coordination, Evaluation and Implementation in the Office of the Prime Minister.
“During my first 100 days in office, the Prime Minister will overall be responsible for coordination, evaluation and planning and will also be tasked to bring an efficient policy of civil servants and revise emergency service calamity,” he said.
Also, in the first 100 days, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning will review all foreign debts, a policy of lower taxes for Namibian-owned SMEs and procurement rules and will be tasked to improve the business ecosystem.
If the dream comes to fruition, the Venaani-led administration’s Health, Gender and Social Services Ministry will re-hire nurses and provide shipping container clinics to all constituencies without clinics, he vowed.
Namibia is set to hold Presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.