Opposition parties walk out of Parliament session

Members of the opposition political parties walked out of an active parliament session on Thursday after Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo could not justify why the Prime Minister called an emergency session.

The Members of Parliament (MP)s received two messages from the Office of the Prime Minister to call an emergency parliament session to discuss an urgent matter.

To the surprise of the MPs, the deputy speaker treated the session as per normal by calling for reports and motions.

After All People's Party (APP) MP Ignatius Shixwameni requested Kasingo to treat the session as stated in the message an emergency, Kasingo raged at him highlighting that the session is a continuation of Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Kasingo adjourned the National Assembly until next week Tuesday however, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP, Vipuakuje Muharukua pointed out that the parliament minutes stated that it will resume on Thursday.

The minutes states that parliament adjourns until Thursday, today, but yesterday we agreed that it will resume on Tuesday. The minutes are doctored. This is corruption, Muharukua said.

Kasingo responded that the Minister of Finance had an urgent matter to discuss and yesterday's session was suspended because of a lack of issues to discuss.

The MPs of the opposition parties also questioned why the Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, has the power to recall parliament when the constitution in Article 62 states otherwise and Kasingo responded that it was a wording mistake.

The message was suppose to come from the secretariat and the wording was wrong. It was supposed to say the speaker recalls parliament, Kasingo justified.

The opposition MPs then walked out in a lack of a proper justification.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) MP Mike Kavecotora read the message out loud and questioned how both messages that were sent on different days had the same error.

Honourable Deputy Speaker, what is it that you are trying to deny when both messages sent on two different dates have the same information, Kavecotora questioned.

Afterwards, the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, explained to a near empty parliament that he approached the Prime Minister to recall parliament of which the Prime Minister then went to the speaker's office to request.

I did say yesterday that I will table the motion to introduce the appropriation bill but it got lost somehow. I afterwards went to the honourable Prime Minister to assist. It was an innocent mistake that was made, Schlettwein said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency