THE Executive Director of the Ministry of Defence, Rear Admiral Peter Hafeni Vilho, has swatted away criticism that the allocated N$5.9 billion is an unnecessarily large amount for the ministry.
In a budget analysis meeting held this morning by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung association, Vilho responded to remarks made by Economist Klaus Schade, who questioned government’s continuous high allocations to the Ministry of Defence, by stating that there are many misconceptions about Defence’s role.
”The concern is that the Ministry of Defence has a higher allocation for an organisation that just deals with internal security, as there is currently no war in the country. We should enforce defence into border security, on the maritime front, as well as against the poaching of wildlife,” he explained.
Vilho further noted that the budget cannot be slashed as some citizens only pay their taxes due to the fact that they know that there is law and order within the country. In his opinion, if there are to be budget cuts within the Ministry of Defence, then the whole army should rather be done away with.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration, Heather Sibungo, stated that the N$5.9 billion budgeted will mostly be allocated to pay roll expenditure, while expenditure for goods and services is still lacking.