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No to impulse birthday spending: Nahas Angula

by Chelsea Karamata
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Prime Minister Nahas Angula has put a lid on media houses who want to profiteer with bumper supplements on his birthday saying he will only allow a supplement when he turns 100.

The Premier who turns 68 today believes there is no need on his part to splash full page adverts in different newspapers about his birthday as it’s something that is personal and should not be taken as a money spinner.
An email sent out Friday from his office read, ‘Kindly be informed that, “No special supplement on my birthday until I am 100 years old.’”
This follows a month of media payday from supplements during President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s birthday last week, which was met by various supplements and adverts in newspapers across the country.

The birthday boy believes there is no need for impulse spending as it does not benefit his office or the country instead calling for the address of other pressing issues within the economy. Angula has been vocal in minimising public spending and advocating for accountability and investment in developmental projects which benefits a wide spectrum of the economy.
As Angula ages today, the Premier has shot down thoughts that he is habouring presidential ambitions ahead of next year’s crunch Swapo Party congressional elections, saying it’s time to knock off.“I will be in my 70s in 2014 (when the next President is elected). It’s time to tshayela (South African colloquial for knocking off). I have been in the public service since 1973. I have had my time. I do not harbour any presidential ambitions. Come 2014, I will tshayela,” said Angula.

In an earlier interview with monthly magazine Prime Focus, the Premier said he only has one major regret in his whole life.
“I regret that a decision was taken during my term as a Minister of Education to split the education sector in 1995 where a Ministry of Basic Education and a Ministry of Higher Education. That should never have happened. “There was no more central planning of education; people were doing their own thing without coordination. There was massive polarity affecting the learning population and as a Minister of Education I had to call the World Bank to help us define a common program for education which ended up giving birth to Education and Training Sector Improvement Program(ETSIP),” noted Angula, to what he also described as the source of the acne bedevilling the current education standards.