Opposition should ask right questions during State of the Nation

WINDHOEK: Spokesperson for the Citizens for an Accountable and Transparent Society (CATS) Carola Engelbrecht on Wednesday lambasted opposition parties for their lack in posing the right questions during the State of the Nation Address.

Engelbrecht made the remarks in an interview with Nampa when she commented on what her expectations for the State of the Nation Address to be delivered by President Hifikepunye Pohamba today should focus on.

The CATS Spokesperson who said the focus should be on national challenges such as corruption, decentralisation of services, housing and Gender Based Violence also expressed her disappointment with opposition parties that they do a poor job when posing questions to the Head of State.

¨Non- ruling political parties ask questions to the president that they should ask the ministers when they are in parliament. They should refrain from asking technical questions to Pohamba and should exactly know what the mandate of the president is,¨ she lashed.

Engelbrecht adviced that opposition parties come across unprepared with the type of questions they pose before stating that more planning should be put in their work days before the State of the Nation Address is delivered.

Not more thought is put in the questions that they ask she said and at times it looks as if they had just browsed through the morning paper newspapers to see what has been the headlines of late.

¨It is because of the type of questions they pose that the Head of State comes accross as sarcastic in his responds,¨ she pointed out.

Political Experts the Namibian Sun Newspaper spoke to on Tuesday urged Pohamba to take questions from opposition leaders seriously, and to answer them without using sarcasm, ridicule and laughter.

According to them, Pohamba must stop taking the approach of trying to make the opposition feel stupid and hope that this would not happen in today´s State of the Nation Address.

¨The President is a bit sarcastic in the manner in which he responds to questions. He must be resolute and calculated in his approach when answering these questions,” said University of Namibia (Unam) lecturer Dr Hoze Riruako.

Meanwhile, Engelbrecht said the State of the Nation Address should be a very truthful reflection where the achievements are honestly balanced with what they have failed and succeeded at adding that every government is bound to have failures and that it should be pointed out.

She further informed this agency that the people of this country are disappointed with centralised power as the country´s decentralising policy has never been implemented.

Corruption is another area Engelbrecht wanted to see addressed by the Head of State.

According to her Pohamba promised the nation in 2005 that he will go after corruption and it shall be fought without fear and favor.

¨Now however all you see is that the elite are never brought to book and there is fear from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to deal with them,¨ Engelbrecht said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The spokesperson of Citizens for an Accountable and Transparent Society (CATS), Carola Engelbrecht on Wednesday lambasted opposition parties for their failure to pose the right questions during the State of the Nation address.

Engelbrecht made the remarks in an interview with Nampa when she commented on what her expectations are for the State of the Nation address, which is to be delivered by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Thursday.

The CATS spokesperson, who said the focus should be on national challenges such as corruption, decentralisation of services, housing and gender-based violence, expressed her disappointment with opposition parties, saying they do a poor job when posing questions to the Head of State.

“Non-ruling political parties ask questions to the President that they should ask the ministers when they are in Parliament. They should refrain from asking Pohamba technical questions and should know what the mandate of the President is,” she said.

Engelbrecht noted that opposition parties come across as unprepared with the types of questions they pose, before stating that planning should be put into their work days before the State of the Nation address is delivered.

She went on to say at times it appears as if members of opposition parties look as if they just browsed through the day’s newspapers to see what the latest headlines are.

“It is because of the type of questions they pose that the Head of State comes across as sarcastic in his response,” she pointed out.

Political experts the Namibian Sun newspaper spoke to on Tuesday urged Pohamba to take questions from opposition leaders seriously, and to answer them without using sarcasm, ridicule and laughter.

They also stated that Pohamba should stop taking the approach of trying to make the opposition feel stupid, saying they hope this does not happen when the State of the Nation address is delivered in Thursday.

“The President is a bit sarcastic in the manner in which he responds to questions. He must be resolute and calculated in his approach when answering these questions,” University of Namibia (Unam) lecturer Dr Hoze Riruako was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Engelbrecht said the State of the Nation address should be a truthful reflection and should indicate where Government has failed and succeeded, adding that every government is bound to have failures and this should be pointed out.

Corruption is another area Engelbrecht wanted to see addressed by the Head of State.

According to her, Pohamba promised the nation in 2005 that he will go after corruption, and that this would be done without fear and favour.

“Now however all you see is that the elite are never brought to book and there is fear from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to deal with them,” she said.

SOURCE: NAMPA