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New Namibian Ministers Set Focus on NHE’s Mass Housing Project

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Published on : Mar 30, 2015

Many new ministers in the Namibian ministerial committee caught in the tumultuous mass housing program are awaiting for the country’s project review panel to beat the project.

The project review committee is chaired by country’s President Hage Geingob and includes ministers of the National Planning Commission, urban and rural development, and finance.

Country’s Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will still remain in an influential position in the project. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was the one official who was vigilant about granting the N$2 billion bank guarantee for acquiring fundings from private banks to the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) due to unanswered issues about the implementation of the project.

The task of the guarantee’s approval has been passes to country’s new Finance minister Calle Schlettwein. 

Leon Jooste, country’s new minister of public enterprises is also expected to ask for accountability from the NHE which has disobeyed instructions from the line ministry and has led to avocation of some board members.

Reports state that the NHE has given out contract summing up to millions of dollars to middlemen with political influence, friends, and families of its executives. He said that strict measures will be introduced to weigh on performance and compliance of NHE. 

Tom Alweendo, the minister of National planning committee has stated that the mass housing programme will be given a re-look and that NHE will have to explain what went wrong with it. The intervention by the new ministers in to the mass housing project comes at a time when NHE is in huge financial straits. The need for raising N$2 billion seems to have forced NHE to look out for external funding so as to keep the project continue since the government had only planned to fund houses that cost less. 

NHE owes its contractors nearly N$150 million and has also taken out a bank overdraft of nearly N$200 million.

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