Norway Cuts Aid in Protest Over Namibian President’s Jet Purchase
OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Norway has canceled plans for drought aid for Namibia because the southwest African nation bought a $29 million jet for President Sam Nujoma, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The cost of the French-made, 12-seat Falcon 900B was almost double the $15 million Norway gave Namibia last year in regular aid, the ministry said.
The same amount of aid is planned for this year, but Aid Minister Grete Faremo said there will be no additional funds to help the arid nation cope with a drought that began late last year. Extra drought relief funds had been under consideration, but officials had not decided on the amount, the Foreign Ministry said.
The purchase of the presidential jet ″is a regrettable decision in a situation when Namibia is suffering from drought,″ Faremo was quoted as telling the newspaper Arbeiderbladet.