By Eliaser Ndeyanale
MEMBERS of the National Assembly Wednesday last week raised concerns after notes purporting to be threatening three members of the National Assembly were found placed on their Parliamentary seats.
The notes one of them written to Education, Arts and Culture minister Katrina Hanse- Himarwa read, “Give us our rights back, give us our democracy back, let those who want to use EVMs…let them use it, and those who want to use ballot paper let them use it, International Day of Democracy. To Katrina Hanse-Himarwa (sic)”.
Later that day, other two notes written on light blue pieces of paper were found on Defence Minister Penda yaNdakolo and Attorney General Sacky Shanghala’s chairs.
The two sit next to each other in the lower house. Although their notes were not read in the house, Shanghala suggested that their seats be checked for security reasons after the chamber was used by members of the public.
All the notes are believed to have been smuggled in the National Assembly during the commemoration of International Day of Democracy where students from Unam, NUST and IUM were in the National Assembly to commemorate the event.
“Allowing people to come in the house and sit on our seats and leaving notes … I suggest that for security reasons the National Assembly gives directive to security so that they can check on our tables whether there are notes or anything left,” said Shanghala. However, the Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi informed the house that the notes were left in the chamber by the youth who attended the Democracy Day commemorations.
The education minister responded: “I just wanted to alert the House, it may look innocent and insignificant but you never know.”
UDF leader Apius Auchab, added by saying: “Today it may be a piece of paper, the next day it may be a bomb.”
This is not the first time MPs are raising concern. Last year DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani complained about the lack of proper safety in the National Assembly and demanded that security upgrades be made.
“We must make sure that we increase our security here. National leaders are sitting here,” said Venaani, adding that there were disgruntled members of public who might attack them while in the chamber. “You never know,” he said.
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