By Eliaser Ndeyanale
SWAPO party Members of Parliament in the National Assembly last week blocked a proposed motion by DTA Member of Parliament Vipuakuje Muharukua to have the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigate dubious land dealings in the country’s town councils and municipalities.
The Muharukua who was contributing to ACC Amendment Bill also proposed for the commission to investigate “rich” permanent secretaries.
Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi denied the legislator the chance to finish with his contribution, saying ACC was working on a certain mandate.
“We cannot micromanage the ACC. Please conclude,” said Katjavivi who kept destructing the young MP. Muharukua hit back to Katjavivi. “The Government is there to inform us not the speaker and it appears that the speaker does not want to listen to my contribution or the speaker wants to teach me how to debate”.
The Deputy Minister of Fisheries Chief Samuel Ankama attempted to tow a middle line in the debate and asked Muharukua to tell detail how the investigations would be done. “You want the ACC to check on people randomly. Check on who, and how is it going to be done?” he asked. Next was Attorney General Sacky Shanghala who rose on a point of order and defended the ACC which is deemed by many as a toothless bulldog. He said the ACC was a constitutional body that does its job in a professional way.
“The fact that you are in opposition is that you are ineffective to be in Government. That is a broken song from a broken choir. “It is wrong to say that the ACC does not investigate those that are deemed to be powerful. I was also investigated for mass housing since apparently I became an overnight millionaire,” said Shanghala.
Leader of the opposition party McHenry Venaani added his voice saying that the ACC was protecting powerful people.
After almost an hour of back and forth between the MPs, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who tabled the Bill also bashed Muharukua saying he was attacking the ACC.
“What we see now is average attack by opposition trying to bully the ACC. You cannot say because someone is wealthy they have accumulated their wealth through dubious ways and should be investigated by the ACC. It is wrong,” she said.
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