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Namibian leaders' endless, expensive foreign trips raise concern

18 December 2015, 15:11

Windhoek – Namibian President Hage Geingob has been reported to have spent no less than N$2.4m in travel allowances this year alone while contradicting his intention of transparency since being appointed into office.

According to The Namibian’s investigative unit, this meant he had travelled more than 70 000km abroad at a minimum cost of N$3.5m in airplane fuel.

While Geingob maintained he only travelled for necessity and to introduce himself to the world, he had been racking up a considerable amount of expenses despite pledging not to take useless trips.

“I don't live on per diem. I actually even help others when we are travelling. I pay for them, I feed them. So I don't go there (abroad) to get per diem,” he said.

This came a few days after Geingob claimed that he didn't know how much he earned.

The president's feigned ignorance was evermore perplexing, considering that in October he pledged 20% of his income to the fight against poverty, according to reports.

- News24


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