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NAMIBIA had a very rare breed of what boxing analysts, called 'scientific boxers', and former World Boxing Association Pan-African junior welterweight champion Jason 'Taks' Naule fitted this bill perfectly.

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      End the Greed, Mr President

      by Editorial Team

      THE LICENCE FOR the self-enrichment of politicians is set to continue if remarks by the chief administrator in the Office of the President are anything to go by.

      Grace Uushona, the executive director at State House, has told The Namibian president Hage Geingob still has to decide whether to have the government build him a house that could cost taxpayers about N$80 million, or pocket that amount of cash.

      The cash-or-mansion choice has been the legalised misuse of public funds for retiring Namibian heads of state since Sam Nujoma was lavished with 'benefits and privileges' in 2005 for leaving office, though not the trappings of power.

      Such are the benefits that Nujoma returned 10 years later to double dip, with taxpayers forking out N$75 million for demolishing and rebuilding a new house.

      A budget of a minimum of N$35m was allocated for Nujoma's successor, Hifikepunye Pohamba, though people with knowledge of the property say the cost to the public was double than was stated in the budget.

      Now Geingob seems intent on accepting the same as his predecessors.

      Uushona has dared anyone who wants to change the benefits and privileges of a retiring president to go to parliament: “Therefore, those who believe these benefits need to be revised should approach parliament.”

      Uushona's remark is nothing short of confirmation that the blatant self-enrichment of politicians Namibians have witnessed since independence in 1990 would not end soon.

      Namibia's president gets a tax-free salary while in office. Geingob's salary was set at N$1,7 million a year in 2017. As is common with many heads of state, Namibia's president can be in office for up to 10 years without needing to spend a cent of the tax-free salary.

      The all-expenses-paid Presidency includes a generous travel allowance – ostensibly for out-of-pocket items.

      Providing a house on retirement is the most expensive and most bizarre spending on an ex-president.

      Namibia has about one million people living in shacks.

      With N$80 million, it's possible to build more than 260 decent low-cost houses at N$300 000 each.

      Why Namibia's government would continue to lavish such privileges on its retiring leaders is feeding a culture of greed and entitlement at the expense of the most needy.

      A sitting Namibian president can afford to buy a house fit for retirement every two years in many upmarket suburbs around the country.

      Apart from the fact that housing should be a personal responsibility and choice outside of time in office, Geingob, Pohamba and Nujoma are good examples of why the public should not be burdened with building them retirement houses.

      In addition to the tax-free salary, ex-presidents get a tax-free pension payment nearly equal to their pay while in office for life (and for their spouses after that).

      Geingob may end up double dipping just like Nujoma.

      The current president has decided not to live in the presidential residence at State House. Thus, taxpayers have been paying for the upkeep of his private property in Windhoek since he took office in 2015.

      Added to that are upgrades to other properties, such as private farms, and maintenance in the name of security and fitness for presidential purposes.

      Namibian taxpayers and the general public should demand that Geingob end the cycle of greed and self-enrichment.

      After all, Geingob's minister in the Presidency has wasted no time at the beginning of his first term to change the law to improve benefits for the president and his family.

      End the culture of self-entitlement and greed, Mr President.

      It is within your political power and in the best interests of the most vulnerable Namibians who you often profess to worry about.

      Putting N$80 million towards the building of low-cost houses will be putting money where your mouth is when you declared informal housing and shacks as a national emergency.

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