OAG wants N.dollars 27 million for legal advice directorate

07 May 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has requested N.dollars 27 million to fund the salaries and subsistence and travel allowances of 57 people employed in its legal advice directorate.
While motivating the OAG’s budget allocation of N.dollars 204 million in the National Assembly on Monday, Attorney General Albert Kawana said the directorate originally requested for 130 posts, however, due to financial constraints, 76 posts could not be funded, and only 52 were filled, while two remain vacant.
The directorate is responsible for assisting offices, ministries and agencies (OMAs) with negotiations or meetings with international institutions such as the Southern African Development Community; United Nations; African Union and Southern African Customs Union.
The OAG also assists with bilateral level legal advice before for all OMAs.
During 2018/19, there were 80 memoranda of understanding and agreements under negotiation, of which 31 were signed by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation.
To justify the allocation, Kawana added, the directorate also renders advice to regional and local authorities through the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, as well as parastatals.
“On average, the directorate receives about 67 new files every month for legal advice,” he said.
Furthermore, in the 2018/19 financial year, the directorate of civil litigation handled 1 235 cases of which 537 were motor vehicle accidents.
This directorate represents all public servants in disputes that happened while on duty and institutes legal proceedings aimed at recovering money or property on behalf of the government arising from contractual relations or damages caused to the State as a result of negligence.
Kawana requested around N.dollars 44 million to assist the directorate to execute these duties.
This allocation will be used to fund the legal costs as a result of civil litigation in all courts, as well as salaries plus subsistence and travel allowance.
The directorate of central administration within the OAG needs N.dollars 33 million for remuneration, supplies and property rental, amongst other things.
Kawana wants N.dollars 1.7 million for the salaries, travel and entertainment of the OAG to assist the AG to serve as principal legal advisor to the president and government, as well as exercise the final responsibility for the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
The Office of the Prosecutor-General needs N.dollars 97 million for 186 positions to assist in prosecuting and defending appeals in criminal proceedings in the High Court and Supreme Court.