The Office of the Prime Minister has requested each government ministry, organisation and agency (O/M/A) to contribute N$20,000 towards the national clean-up campaign scheduled to take place next week.
The plea for funds was made in a letter seen by the Windhoek Observer dated May 16, 2018, addressed to all permanent secretaries and accounting officers, signed by Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa.
“As you know, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, initiated the national clean-up campaign scheduled to take place on Friday, 25 May, 2018.
“The National Preparatory Committee for the National Clean-up campaign has been established to prepare the national clean-up operation in collaboration with all Regional Governors.
“In an effort to implement and support the national clean-up campaign, it has been agreed that each O/M/A makes a contribution of N$20, 000,” the letter by Simataa reads.
Geingob in October last year announced his intention to set aside a day on which all Namibians will engage in a nationwide clean-up campaign.
Initially, Geingob had set May 1 (Workers Day) for the event, but was forced to move the date following an outcry from various trade union and civil society representatives.
It is not yet clear how much money OPM expects to raise or specifically what the funds will be used for.
Questions sent to the Director of Cabinet Secretariat, Foibe Fillipus were unanswered by the time of going to print.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr Moses Maurihungirire, told the Windhoek Observer that he had already signed for the payments.
“I just need to check with my financial advisor, but I have signed for the payments,” Dr Maurihungirire said.
Sanet Steenkamp, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture said on Thursday that she had also signed for the ministry’s contribution.
Namibia lost the prestigious title of being the cleanest city in Africa due to the increasing amount of waste accumulating along its national roads, and in towns and villages.
For decades, Namibia had been lauded for having the cleanest capital on the continent.