MPs support Ministry of Safety and Security’s budget

23 May 2019 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – Members of the National Council on Wednesday supported the Ministry of Safety and Security’s N.dollars 5.5 billion budget for the 2019/20 financial year.
Under the budget, police training and development received close to N.dollars 84.8 million, while the Special Field Force was allocated about N.dollars 365 million.
During his contribution, Katutura Central Constituency Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii said police officers must receive enough funds because of the technical nature of their duties.
He said police officers need to be well looked after so that they can carry out their duties.
“I know how it feels to be a police officer because I was once a police officer, therefore, I appeal to the Minister of Finance to reconsider the allocated budget during the budget review.”
He added that police officers’ salaries need serious attention because when they are underpaid, it compromises their effectiveness in carrying out their duties.
Linyanti Constituency Councillor, Sipapela Sipapela, who also made a contribution, said police officers are the face of Namibia’s tourism and said the role they play in protecting tourists when they visit the country is crucial.
While applauding the good work done by the police, he also pointed out some areas of concern for the ministry such as shortfalls in the current strength of police personnel, elections and logistical constraints, including vehicles.
Although MPs supported the bill with similar sentiments, they were of the opinion that the allocated amount, taking into consideration the fact that it is an election year.