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Namibia Military Changes Guard, Gets New Chief of Defence Force

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Namibia’s military has a new Chief of the Defence Force ushered in at a colourful ceremony presided over by President Hage G. Geingob also the commander-in-chief of the Namibian armed forces.

“I am confident that Air Marshal Pinehas, our new Chief of the Defence Force will carry out his duties and responsibilities with vigour, determination, dedication, commitment and to be an excellent military leader among the men and women under your command,” President Geingob said during a change of guard ceremony on Wednesday.

According to President Geingob, the change of guard ceremony is a celebration of continuity of leadership with the passing over of command, from one illustrious patriotic military leader to another.

The Namibian military known as Namibian Defence Force has 15,200 active boots.

The Namibian Defence Force was created when South West Africa gained full independence from South Africa in 1990. The constitution of Namibia defines the role of the military as “defending the territory and national interests.”

Military Expenditure in Namibia is expected to reach 380.00 USD Million by the end of 2020, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts’ expectations. In the long-term, the Namibia Military Expenditure is projected to trend around 420.00 USD Million in 2021, according to econometric models.

Namibia’s Defence Ministry has come under fire for not sharing any information with the National Assembly.

For example in September, Defence Minister Peter Hafeni Vilho said that the National Assembly will, for security reasons, no longer be allowed to openly discuss the budget allocated to the Namibian Defence Force and for military-related spending.

Namibia’s Defence ministry has been criticised for its mismanagement of state resources with millions of dollars unaccounted for over the past few years.

Vilho said in the National Assembly recently that forthwith, defence information that could compromise national security will be “kept under lock and key, away from the prying eyes of potential adversaries” and will not be shared openly in the National Assembly.

He said such information includes military capabilities, the state of preparedness of the defence force, war plans, information showing the strength of the forces and development and procurement plans, among other information.

Vilho said the budget will from next year be conducted according to international standards and a parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and security will be tasked to handle discussions on it.

“It will be discussed in camera by the standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and security – which is where most of the doubts will be cleared – and it will only come into the house for reading and tabling. Trying to get answers to the above information in an open forum such as parliament is fruitless,” he said.

For 2020, Namibia is ranked 128 of 138 out of the countries considered for the annual Global Fire Power (GFP) review.

List of wars involving Namibia

Herero Wars (1904–1908)– The Herero Wars were a series of colonial wars between the German Empire and the Herero people of German South West Africa. They took place between 1904 and 1908.

Namibian War of Independence (1966–1990) – The South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence, and sometimes denoted in South Africa as the Angolan Bush War, was a largely asymmetric conflict that occurred in Namibia (then South West Africa), Zambia, and Angola from 26 August 1966 to 21 March 1990. It was fought between the South African Defence Force (SADF) and the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), an armed wing of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO). The South African Border War resulted in some of the largest battles on the African continent since World War II and was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War.

Caprivi conflict (1994–1999) – The Caprivi conflict was an armed conflict between the Namibian government and the Caprivi Liberation Army, a rebel group that waged a brief insurrection in 1999 for the secession of the Caprivi Strip.

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