MP’s salaries are none of your business, says Namibian president

NAMIBIA’s  president Hage Geingob has reportedly said that the country’s parliamentarians should not be required to reveal how much they are paid.

The Namibian, the country’s largest circulating newspaper, reported on Friday that Geingob told it that salaries were personal and that politicians were not obliged to declare them publicly.

“Declaring one’s assets does not mean that your personal salary should be up for public disclosure,” Geingob was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

The President apparently made the statement when questioned by the newspaper as to whether members of the desert country’s cabinet had declared their “riches” to him as required by law.

Geingob told the newspaper that every Namibian had the right to dignity.

“So, it is necessary to draw the line between declarations and the right to personal privacy,” he said.

According to the report the last time that the country’s Public Office Bearers Remuneration Commission (POBC) revealed any salaries was in 2012, but the Namibian calculated that was approximately N$1.7 million per annum (R1.7 million per year). – ANA