Andrew Kathindi

A ruling on an urgent application with the High Court, filed by Landless People’s Movement (LPM) to challenge the Speaker’s decision to have the leaders of the LPM withdrawn from the National Assembly, was postponed to Monday 26 April.

This was confirmed to Windhoek Observer by Parliament’s Spokesperson, David Nahogandja. “Case postponed to Monday to allow responded enough time to respond.” This comes as LPM’s leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, and the party’s Chief Whip, Henny Seibeb, were removed from Parliament after being deemed by the Speaker, Peter Katjavivi, to be disruptive during a question and answer session with President Hage Geingob after the State of the Nation Address.

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Standing Rules and Orders and Internal Arrangements (STROC), on Wednesday upheld the Speaker’s ruling and the matter has been referred to the Committee of Privileges, which will hear the matter also on Monday.