A DECISION by the Namibian Presidency to officially open the Namibian Parliament remotely did not sit well with members of opposition parties.
Preannounced plans by members of opposition parties to embark on disruptive debate during the opening ceremony of the third session of the Seventh Parliament were thwarted by President’s decision to deliver his opening message remotely.
When the Speaker, Professor Peter Katjivivi, announced that the message by President Hage Geingob will be delivered remotely, the house descended into chaos as opposition members voiced their discontent with the situation.
The President of the Landless People’s Movement, Bernadus Swartbooi, walked out of the house in protest.
The President of the Popular Democratic Movement, McHenry Venaani, while addressing the Speaker stated that the invocation of Rule 124 that allowed President Geingob to address the house remotely is illegal.
The President’s opening speech, which seemed to have been pre-recorded at State House, went ahead despite vehement protestations from the opposition.