EDITORIAL

12 May 2021 | Opinion

The Landless People’s Movement, since its establishment, has changed the political landscape of the country.

Whereas politics was seen a boring and rather lethargic space in which young people showed little interest, the narrative has changed for the better and the young citizenry are slowly but surely changing their own narrative as far as their interest in political affairs is concerned.

This is a welcome change, considering the fact that politics has an impact on most - if not all - affairs in the country.

The robust manner in which LPM tackles affairs in Parliament has also drawn a huge parliamentary following.

There are, however, concerns regarding the conduct of the party’s lawmakers, with some claiming that their behaviour is out of order and should tone down if they are to become a force to be reckoned with.

It’s clear to see that it’s not business as usual in the current Parliament and that the political space is similar to a street fight where rules of engagement do not apply, but the set laws must be adhered to.

Robustness during debates can still take place in the presence of good parliamentary conduct.

While many of us welcome the fact that Parliament is no longer a mirror-image of an old-age home, it remains our wish that political intellect and issue-based exchanges - instead of insults hurled by political opponents - are the order of the day.

Creating laws that will uplift the lives of many Namibians who are drowning in abject poverty and fighting rampant corruption must take centre stage at all material times.

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