- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 15:06
The National Unity Democratic Organisation is questioning Government’s allocation of N$ 5.6 billion to the Ministry of Defence for the 2017/18 financial year.
The Namibia press agency reports that according to NUDO President Asser Mbai, the money could have been channelled to other vital developmental programmes, for example being used to increase the social grant for orphans and disadvantaged children. “As a patriotic citizen of this country, I am yet to be convinced that our country is engaged in any [war] with any neighbouring country that is a danger to our safety and security,” Mbai said. The Ministry of Defence is set to receive N$ 5.6 billion for 2017/18, which is less compared to a revised budget of N$ 5.9 billion they got in 2016/2017. But despite this reduction, Defence will still get the fourth biggest chunk, the first being education followed by higher education and third health.