'I know who the spies are'

Opposition MP Nico Smit says he was a senior security police officer before independence and knows who the spies in Swapo were.

12 October 2018 | Politics

Nico Smit, MP of the official opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), says he will not be cowed into silence on the Basic Education Bill after the flak he got from Swapo parliamentarians over his comments on the bill.

During the parliamentary debate on the bill on Wednesday, Smit criticised the bill as being autocratic, undemocratic and draconian.

He also said he suspected a political motive behind some of the provisions in the bill, which seemingly attempt to ensure loyalty to the ruling party and to indoctrinate impressionable young minds, as well as teachers. Chaos ensued and Smit was heckled and labelled as a former member of Koevoet, a former counter-insurgency group of the defunct South West African Police (SWAPOL) by, among others, the minister of basic education, arts and culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

Reacting to the chaos that erupted during the parliamentary debate, Smit yesterday said he had in fact never been a member of Koevoet but was in the security police.

Smit also denied that he had accused some Swapo MPs of being former Koevoet members. He said because he was a senior officer in the security police, he had access to documents proving that some Swapo MPs were in fact spies for the former SWA regime.

“I know who the spies were and how much they were paid,” Smit contended, saying the alleged spies should know that he would have such information because of his former position in the police.

He also said his criticism of the bill was never criticism against Hanse-Himarwa. Smit said after having consulted various education experts at Nust and Unam, he had to conclude that the Basic Education Bill “serves no purpose at all”. “They must be out of their minds,” he commented, saying none of the submissions made during consultation on the bill were considered for incorporation. “This is a predetermined bill. Consultation on the bill was just for window-dressing,” Smit said.

CATHERINE SASMAN

Similar News

 

LPM application to ECN 'not stalled'

5 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Politics

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has shrugged off a suggestion that an application by the Landless People's Movement (LPM) for registration as a political...

Swapo is a lion – Shaningwa

1 week ago - 04 December 2018 | Politics

Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa says the party has emerged united and is becoming “stronger and stronger on a daily basis”, debunking claims that there are...

Swapo grapples with Oshakati recalls

1 week ago - 04 December 2018 | Politics

Swapo's Oshana leadership met yesterday with the party's recalled Oshakati town councillors in order to find out why secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa's directive had been ignored.Swapo...

At war with itself

1 week ago - 03 December 2018 | Politics

President Hage Geingob says after positions were procedurally contested - and won - at last year's sixth ordinary Swapo congress, it is time for Team...

Bid to halt congress fails

2 weeks ago - 28 November 2018 | Politics

Swapo can continue with its extraordinary congress slated for this weekend after the Windhoek High Court yesterday ruled in favour of the ruling party, agreeing...

Axe falls on Swapo councillors

2 weeks ago - 27 November 2018 | Politics

Swapo has resolved to recall all six of its councillors serving on the Oshakati town council for failing to toe the party line.The councillors defied...

No one is bigger than Swapo

2 weeks ago - 27 November 2018 | Politics

Chairperson of the Swapo leaders assigned to the Kavango East Region, James Sankwasa, says no one is bigger than the party and that all decisions...

Swapo ota kwatelwa komeho komambo

2 weeks ago - 27 November 2018 | Politics

Ø Iilyo yoSwapo nayi leshe nokuuvako omilandu dhongunduKENYA KAMBOWEJames Sankwasa okwa popi kutya iilyo yongundu yoSwapo oyi na omukalo gwokupopya kutya otayi ningi omatokolo yiikwatelela...

Adapt or die

2 weeks ago - 23 November 2018 | Politics

As the leadership of six former southern African liberation movements gathered in Windhoek this week to strengthen ties, analysts painted a bleak picture for their...

Hamutenya eyes RDP presidency

2 weeks ago - 22 November 2018 | Politics

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) central committee member Miriam Hamutenya has announced her intention to vie for the position of president when the party...

Latest News

‘We have a plan for...

9 hours ago | Economics

The minister of public enterprises, Leon Jooste, says there are several interventions and strategies at government’s disposal to turn some of the now cash-stripped parastatals...

The thorny street kid issue

9 hours ago | Columns

A study has found that children who live on the streets are primarily driven there by poverty.It found that the majority of Windhoek street children...

South African cities short of...

9 hours ago | Economics

Susan Njanji - In the middle of the vast Avalon cemetery in Johannesburg's Soweto township, two gravediggers shovelled soil out of an old grave containing...

Man shoots ex, himself

9 hours ago | Crime

Another murder-suicide occurred over the long weekend, in which a man shot his ex-girlfriend and then himself.According to the police, 48-year-old Keib Diedrich shot Monalisa...

Tough year for mining

9 hours ago | Business

While this year has been very challenging for the mining industry, indications are that the uranium market may recover by 2022, which will result in...

Ministry opts for cheaper Etosha...

9 hours ago | Environment

The environment ministry has started reviewing the design of a predator- and elephant-proof fence around Etosha National Park to reduce the cost of construction. ...

Grasslands are paramount

9 hours ago | Agriculture

The 22nd Rangeland Forum took place at the end of November in Otjiwarongo during which sound rangeland management practices were discussed to make the livestock...

Hold the phone: Huawei mistrust...

9 hours ago | Technology

Dan MartinChina's ambitious drive to dominate next-generation 5G technology faces a sudden reality check as fears spread that telecom companies like Huawei could be proxies...

Mass action against Swakop Uranium

9 hours ago | Justice

Swakop Uranium is being dragged to court by 706 of its workers in two different matters, with claims totalling more than N$53 million.Yesterday, at a...

Load More