EDITORIAL: Speaker Katjavivi must introspect

15 September 2021 | Opinion

In his well-renowned published article titled Roman Law and Its Influence in America, American attorney Gerald J. McGinley rightfully stated: “Laws are not the result of spontaneous action, but they are accumulated through the course of time to meet the demands of the people to whom they apply; they are affected by the industry of a country, and by the political, social and religious belief of the law-makers”.

This excerpt comes in handy when one observes the decaying state our National Assembly finds itself in.

More so, it comes in even more handy when taxpayers make a determination as to whether they are getting any return on investment and whether their aspirations when it comes to lawmaking are being met.

Many would agree that the events of 15 April 2021, on the day of the State of the Nation Address (SONA), cannot be viewed in isolation but rather as a culmination of events which reached a climax.

While the opposition parties have been blamed by the secretariat for rowdy – and even violent – behaviour in the August House, the biased, iron-fisted leadership style of Speaker Peter Katjavivi has long cultivated what eventually transpired.

Opposition parties have since the start of this current parliament red-flagged Katjavivi’s behaviour as what created a volatile parliamentary atmosphere because of his perceived bias.

What took place on SONA day was the explosion of a bomb that had been ticking inside the chests of the opposition MPs for a long time.

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