The defence ministry has finally responded to the report that it forked out N$1 million in accommodation bills for the defence minister, Penda ya Ndakolo, for his stay at a local hotel.
In a statement issued this week the ministry’s permanent secretary Petrus Shivute says the actual bill was N$631 752 for a six-month period between March 2015 and October 2015. “It wasn’t the intention of the ministry to accommodate the minister at the hotel for such duration but the process of acquiring his appropriate house was somehow longer due to prices of houses in Windhoek,” Shivute said.
He also explains that after his appointment as minister Ya Ndakolo had to “leave his family at Oshikoto Region where he served as regional governor and relocated to Windhoek to assume his ministerial duties”.
“Looking at the scarcity of housing/accommodation in the country and in particular Windhoek, the ministry could only accommodate Ya Ndakolo in the Safari Hotel for a specified period while arrangements regarding his Windhoek house were being attended to,” Shivute said.
The permanent secretary says the defence ministry regards the reports about the accommodation bill being N$1 million as “false, malicious and totally without foundation”.
“The allegations are an attempt to tarnish the image of the minister and of the Ministry of Defence as a whole,” he said, adding: “The ministry wishes to dismiss these unfounded allegations with the contempt they deserve and furthermore urge the media to disseminate the verified information and within their ethical jurisdiction.”