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LPM leaders skip Parley disciplinary hearing

LPM leaders skip Parley disciplinary hearing

Andrew Kathindi Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leaders, Bernardus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb, did not attend the Standing Committee on Privileges and Immunities hearing today, Parliament has revealed. The hearing which was concluded today, chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, was focused on their conduct on 15 April during a question and answer session after President Hage Geingob delivered his State of the Nation Address. “They were not in attendance, they chose rather to send their legal representatives. The hearing was concluded unless something else should come up. A report will now be concluded to be submitted…
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Mace could have harmed Geingob, guard claims …as LPM leaders to appear before privileges committee

Mace could have harmed Geingob, guard claims …as LPM leaders to appear before privileges committee

Andrew Kathindi President Hage Geingob's Head of Security, Johan Ndjaronguru, is claiming that the parliamentary mace, which Landless People's Movement Leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, flicked as he left the chambers has a spike metal head which could have inflicted serious injury to the President. In a sworn statement to the National Assembly, in possession of the Windhoek Observer, Ndjaronguru, who will appear as a witness before the Standing Committee on Privileges and Immunities to deal with what transpired on 15 April after Geingob delivered his State of the Nation Address, says he was compelled remove LPM Chief Whip, Henny Seibeb, from…
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Reconciliation, Reconstruction Agreement a fait accompli?

Staff Writer The Reconciliation and Reconstruction Agreement between the Namibian government and its German counterpart, is now headed for Parliament this week. It seems a fait accompli that the agreement will sail through the National Assembly given the Swapo majority in this house. Following Vice President, Nangolo Mbumba’s national address last Friday, the agreement is now bound for the National Assembly this week which resumes its session tomorrow. Albeit Mbumba this is after passing and stopping at the Office of the General Assembly. This is worrying some members of the affected communities, notably among them former Member of Parliament, Usutuaije…
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LPM drags Peter Katjavivi to ICC

LPM drags Peter Katjavivi to ICC

Andrew Kathindi The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has dragged Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi to the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a letter drafted by LPM leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, the political party is seeking the ICC’s intervention and investigation into Katjavivi’s conduct. Swartbooi made reference to Article 7 (h) and (k) of the ICC, which alludes to systematic attacks and inhumane acts as being equivalent to the “crimes being commissioned against” him and Seibeb. “The Speaker has withdrawn Hon. Henny Seibeb the Deputy Leader and Chief Whip in National Assembly and I the Leader of the Landless…
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Reparations, futile channel for egoistic masturbation, Capitalist self-enrichment

Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro From the recent briefing to the National Assembly by Prime Minister, Saara Kuugogenlwa-Amadhila, on 16 March on the progress or lack thereof, of the genocide negotiations, it is emerging crystal clear that after all, as many critics may have predicted and suspected, it has been a futile exercise. Only for the Head of State to put the nail in the coffin thereafter announcing that the Genocide and Reparations negotiations have deadlocked. Hence the relegation of the negotiations for Reparations to negotiations for projects. Worse within the frameworks of the country’s National Development Plans (NDPs) and Vision 2030. Not…
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Venaani to cost tax payers more

Venaani to cost tax payers more

Andrew Kathindi and Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Taxpayers are set to start incurring additional costs for the upkeep of Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani, after he accepted President Hage Geingob’s offer for further benefits. Venaani's additional perks will include a state office at the premises of the National Assembly, a personal administrative assistant of his choice, a motor vehicle, a security aid and a driver. Political commentator Henning Melber said the official opposition leader’s acceptance of the perks was a classical case of hypocrisy and double standards, arguing the move could have an impact on voters’ perception of him in…
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Understanding regional and local elections

Understanding regional and local elections

Willem N Namboga Regional and local elections are important, but many people do not understand how they are constituted. The President and the members of the National Assembly represent all the people of Namibia. But individual communities need other government bodies which are closer to them to focus on the issues and problems of the community. Local government focuses on the needs of the people who live in that local authority. Regional and local councilors are important contacts for lobbying on regional and local issues. Some regions are very well developed, with many schools and clinics and a good supply…
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