Namibia. In January, President Hage Geingob introduced a
ban for politicians and officials to travel abroad. The ban,
which lasted for a month, was added due to the country's
growing budget deficit. In order to save money, the
president himself had, in his own words, refrained from
using the government's aircraft during several of his trips.
Countryaah.com, another saving measure the government took was to force
thousands of soldiers to be free to reduce military bases on
food and electricity costs.
In early February, President Geingob dismissed Interior
Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Youth Minister Jerry
Ekandjo. These two had challenged Geingob in an attempt to
take over the leadership of the SWAPO (South West Africa
People's Organization) government party at its November 2017
congress. Both ministers had been in government since
independence in 1990.
In October, Geingob said he intended to work to
accelerate the redistribution of agricultural land to the
black population through expropriation, that is, white
landowners should be forced to sell. The current system is
based on the principle of "willing buyer, willing seller".