As part of president Geingob’s relentless efforts to root out corruption and create a culture of transparent governance in Namibia; his prime minister recently announced that anyone will be able to have a look at all cabinet minsters’ performance agreements at his office.
Last year we reported that in his first few weeks of being president, Geingob told his parliament that it certainly won’t be business as usual and that anyone who wanted to serve in his government would have to choose between serving the people and serving themselves. Geingob warned his government that no-one will be allowed to have any businesses on the side and that he’d come down on corrupt officials like a tonne of bricks.
Now it looks like he really is taking them to task. Every one of Geingob’s ministers have committed themselves to performance based outcomes that the Namibian public can now hold them to; these include:
- Eradication of poverty
- Reduction of income disparities and
- Employment creation
Permanent secretaries are expected to submit quarterly reports on the progress of their respective ministry and the relevant ministers will then send their progress reports to Geingob a month before the year ends.
Geingob will then hold an evaluation session with each minister after two months.
According to The Namibian, some of the agreements are a bit vague, but most of themclearly set out what is expected of the ministers:
- Minister of environmental affairs Pohamba Shifeta is committed to training 20 people each year in a selected field in tourism and to create 199 jobs in his attempt to eradicate poverty.
- Finance minister Calle Schlettwein must improve foreign reserves with an annual target of three months’ import cover.
- Land reform minister Utoni Nuyoma expects to have acquired 188 000 hectares of land for resettlement in his bid for distribution of land.
- Gender minister Doreen Sioka will have around 37 000 children enrolled at early childhood development centres in an attempt to improve opportunities for better living standards of children.
These agreements were signed off by Geingob with Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa as witness, last year October.
Imagine if we could do this here in South Africa… just imagine.