Defence denies 'robbing' ex-members

03 March 2020 | Ministries

The defence ministry says there is no truth in claims that it is practicing favouritism in the manner its Defence Force Foundation (DFF) disburses funds to retired former defence force members.

It also denied claims on social media that the DFF was set up in 2017.

Responding to the accusations, the DFF said it came into existence in 1990 and is a creation of an act of parliament.

A critical social media post stated: “The aim of the foundation is that every member of the defence force should contribute N$110 on a monthly basis so that if a member went on retirement, then he/she will get N$5 000.”

The post further said that since then, only members with a high ranking received this money and that those with lower rankings have, until now, received nothing.

The author of the post urged the director of the foundation, Rear- Admiral Peter Hafeni Vilho, to explain why people are being robbed of their money.

The ministry said the DFF's mandate and guidelines are clearly outlined in the Defence Act and also in the general regulation related to the Namibian Defence Force.

It further said Vilho has been the executive director of the ministry since 2017, and has never held any directorship in the DFF, nor does he play any role in its management.

“The author of that widely shared distortion and those who may have been misled by that post are advised to seek factual information from the executive director of the DFF.”

ELLANIE SMIT

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