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Opposition walks out after misunderstanding

Opposition walks out after misunderstanding

Niël Terblanché

MEMBERS of Namibia’s official opposition parties staged a walk-out in the National Assembly earlier on Thursday after a misunderstanding about an extraordinary meeting that was convened after the parliament was adjourned for about a week on Wednesday.


In an effort to save time the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, requested the Prime Minuster Saara Kuukongelwa-Amadhila to convene the extraordinary meeting to enable him to give official notice that he intends to table the Appropriation Amendment Bill when the body reconvenes next Tuesday.


Minister Schlettwein said that he regards the tabling of the revised budget as an urgent matter ad felt that time could be saved by convening an extraordinary meeting.


“I approached the Prime Minster with my request and informed her that a lot of time could be saved by giving the official notice on Thursday. She granted the request and the meeting was convened. Members of the opposition must have been under the impression that the Election Bill would be discussed during the meeting.”


Members of the opposition derided the Speaker of the House after they discovered that the meeting was called by the Prime Minister.
Before walking out opposition leaders protested vehemently that the meeting was convened in contravention of the Namibian Constitution.

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