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Prime minister implores MPs to respect National Assembly rules

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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on Members of the National Assembly to respect the dignity of the national house and the nation through their conduct in Parliament.Kuugongelwa who was speaking during the official opening of Parliam…

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on Members of the National Assembly to respect the dignity of the national house and the nation through their conduct in Parliament.

Kuugongelwa who was speaking during the official opening of Parliament for 2021 on Tuesday, noted that it has become a habit that once members disagree, some members opt to disrespect the rules of the National Assembly.

“What has become a tradition in this house is that whenever people disagree, they disregard the rules of the house and they disrespect the Namibian people. I want to implore my fellow MPs to recognise that when they do that, they are not only disrespecting the persons that they maybe don’t like and who are members of the Swapo Party but they are actually disrespecting the house and the Namibian people,” she said.

She further implored the presiding officer of the National Assembly to invoke the necessary provisions of the law in order to allow the Namibian people to enjoy the benefits that are guaranteed to them under the Namibian Constitution.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila went on to defend President Hage Geingob, who virtually opened Parliament for the year via a pre-recorded statement, which infuriated members of the opposition parties resulting in chaos during the opening.

Several opposition party members expressed disappointment in President Geingob’s decision to officially open Parliament virtually, saying it was unacceptable.

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani in the National Assembly said for the president to officially open Parliament virtually is a “national embarrassment”.

In her response to Venaani’s remarks, the prime minister said the president has not committed any violation by opening Parliament virtually, stating that she is not aware of any provision of any law that states that the president must be physically present to make an address.

“Even if the president wanted to deliver the State of the Nation Address from State House, he can still interact with us virtually, there is nothing in the law that prevents that,” she concluded.

Source: Nampa