27 Mar 2019 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) The ministries tasked with ensuring safety and security - the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Safety and Security - received a combined N.dollars 11.4 billion in the 2019/2020 National Budget.
During the tabling of the budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein said the sector will also get about N.dollars 39.1 billion over the Mid-Term Expenditure Framework, which runs from 2018/19 to 2020/21.
The Safety and Security Ministry received about N.dollars 5.6 billion, 6,3 per cent more than the previous year for basic goods and services and recruitment of core personnel needs.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration received N.dollars 677.1 million; 11, 2 per cent more than the previous year to amongst others complete its head office in Windhoek and its regional office in the Kunene Region.
The finance minister said the judiciary services were allocated N.dollars 368.4 million and a total of about N.dollars 1.1 billion over the MTEF for the 2019/2020 financial year.
The Anti-Corruption Commission receives N.dollars 61.6 million; 1,4 per cent more than the previous year and totalling about N.dollars 184.8 million over the MTEF to support activities in the fight against corruption.
Schlettwein said corruption is prevalent in both the developed and developing worlds and needs to be tackled head-on.
Corruption is the evil that touches almost every aspect in an economy. It is one of the most immoral causes of inequality as it disproportionally benefits the few and harms the many. It creates elites or cliques, he said.
Namibia has been considered for several years by several reputable rating agents as being a relatively stable environment for investors, with the country consistently ranked in the top five least corrupt countries on the African continent.
The question however is whether that is good enough. The answer is it is not, because in as much as this is an achievement, it falls short of us being free of corruption. On face value, the cost of corruption is immense, Schlettwein said.