24 Jul 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) The Presidency spent N.dollars 26.1 million on vehicles and other transport-related expenses during the 2017/18 financial year, its latest report reveals.
The Presidencys annual report - in which the information is captured - was recently submitted to the National Assembly.
The report details an array of activities undertaken by the Office of the President and Vice President, as well as the offices of former presidents.
It captures activities and visits, local and international trips undertaken by the president, vice president and former presidents during the period under review.
The vehicle and transport expenses are listed under the Division of Ceremonial Services and Motorcade, which has the mandate to arrange and coordinate ceremonial events and national honours, but is also responsible for administering 234 government-owned vehicles on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Transport as the Presidency does not have its own fleet.
The vehicles include sedans, 4x4 pick-ups, SUVs and vans numbering 198 motor vehicles and 36 motorbikes.
The division is further responsible for the reconciliation and payment of all transport-related invoices from the Ministry of Works and Transport (Division Government Garage and from the Department of Government Air Transport Services) for vehicles, aircraft and helicopter rental and from other private companies, reads a section of the report.
During the period under review, the Presidency spent N.dollars 8.2 million on fixed tariff claims, while N.dollars 5.8 million was spent on pool vehicles.
A total N.dollars 3.6 million was spent on the Presidencys fuel consumption needs during the year under review, while aircraft and/or helicopter rental cost taxpayers an amount of N.dollars 8.4 million.
When breaking down this total amount of N.dollars 26.1 million per division, the Presidents Private Office spent N.dollars 12.3 million on its transport needs while for administration, the Presidency used N.dollars 2.7 million.
The department for the founding president and former president used a combined N.dollars 6.3 million on vehicles and other transport expenses, while the Office of the Vice President used N.dollars 1.9 million.
Meanwhile, the Division for Marginalised Communities spent N.dollars 952 023 and the Division for Disability Affairs which both fall under the Office of the Vice President spent N.dollars 2 million on transportation.