Namibian MPs must step up

12 April 2019 | Opinion

A number of parliamentarians have been hogging the headlines this week and for all the wrong reasons. Apart from being accused of not taking parliamentary debates seriously, some MPs have also been accused of absconding from the chamber. Reports this week indicated that some National Assembly MPs were leaving halfway through the sessions, leaving too few members to constitute a quorum for voting on motions and other pressing issues brought before the August House. Nampa reported this week that last week Tuesday 76 voting and seven non-voting members showed up for the first half of the session, while 19 members with voting powers were absent. On Wednesday, 61 voting members and five non-voting members were present at the commencement of the assembly, while 34 MPs with decision-making powers were absent. Thursday saw 53 members with voting powers and four non-voting members turning up for the first half of the session. This is surely not a good record to be proud given the important task that parliamentarians ought to fulfill, including reforming the laws of the country. The conduct of MPs is counterproductive and that is not what representative democracy is all about. MPs must also understand their role is to serve their constituencies as well make laws in the best interest of Namibians. There is surely no place for self-serving individuals who have become increasingly isolated from those who pay their salaries and even vote for them. The order of business in parliament can and should not be joked with. It is therefore incumbent on MPs to demonstrate that they take parliament debates seriously and in the best interest of the Namibian people who elected them into power. Parliament must now emerge from the shadows and become a much more dynamic institution that allows greater space for open and frank debate.

Similar News

 

What a farce!

5 days ago - 11 June 2019 | Opinion

During the run-up to the 2017 Swapo elective congress, President Hage Geingob, the leader of the Harambee faction, often implored his Team Swapo opponents to...

We’re all saving, are you?

6 days ago - 10 June 2019 | Opinion

Everywhere, across the country in households, belts are being tightened. Whether that home is a five-bedroom villa in the hills of the capital, or a...

Respect works both ways

2 weeks ago - 28 May 2019 | Opinion

Deputy agriculture minister Anna Shiweda has become the latest high-profile voice to admonish the youth for being disrespectful and insulting elders on platforms such as...

Banning imports not so simple

2 weeks ago - 27 May 2019 | Opinion

We laud the instruction by finance minister Calle Schlettwein that public entities may only procure locally and that this must include production north of the...

How did we get here?

3 weeks ago - 24 May 2019 | Opinion

How did we get to a situation, as a country, where our government is asking already struggling workers to donate 2% of the salaries as...

A bridge too far

1 month - 16 May 2019 | Opinion

As the horse-trading within South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), continues ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing his new cabinet, speculation is...

The elephant in the room

1 month - 15 May 2019 | Opinion

When political freedom came to African nations incrementally over decades, there was great optimism about the future, as memories of political struggle became images of...

In love and war

1 month - 14 May 2019 | Opinion

They say all is fair in love and war. Political 'warfare' is no exception and as Ondangwa Urban voters gear up to vote in an...

What if the drought persists?

1 month - 13 May 2019 | Opinion

We are back where we were two to three years ago with Windhoek crippled by a water shortage. It appears however, that residents do not...

A marriage of convenience

1 month - 03 May 2019 | Opinion

The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) has time after time defended its tripartite alliance with Swapo, even though the government of the day is...

Latest News

Kalahari turns deadly

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Crime

Namibia's police chief has strongly condemned the killing of an unarmed taxi driver by a soldier attached to Operation Kalahari Desert and vowed this will...

Swapo suspends dissidents

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Politics

Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa yesterday refused to comment on the sudden suspension of six influential party leaders in Otjozondjupa. Otjozondjupa governor Otto Iipinge, along with...

Horrific, but inevitable

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Columns

Incidences of assaults by military personnel on civilians have been widely reported in the mainstream media and on social media over the last couple of...

Hopeless, destitute

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Social Issues

A family of five at Kayeura village in the Musese constituency of Kavango East are living amid hopelessness in a makeshift structure made of pieces...

Kingship battle escalates

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Cultural

An Ondonga faction backing Konis Eino Kalenga is likely to proceed with an application to interdict urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga and Oshana...

We are kept in dark...

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Life Style

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says 'The Journey' human rights campaign, which ends today, is the perfect platform for even the most timid voices to speak...

The feisty hustler out to...

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Having performed in Angola, Nigeria at the AYLIVE comedy concert, doing songs with Top Cheri and Zimbabwe's KNG BL, and being invited to represent Namibia...

NBC launches Body with Maria...

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Host Maria Nepembe describes the show as a reality TV show that focuses on fitness and health. “We are getting 10 individuals who want to...

Let's talk hip-hop

2 days ago - 14 June 2019 | Columns

I remember mockingly being called a ‘n*gga’ in my location for my dress code, choice of music and how I chose to carry myself.Today I...

Load More