I AM amazed, annoyed and disappointed by the comments attributed to Mr. Steve Bezuidenhout, the Vice President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP). Therefore, I could not resist the temptation to respond to the outrageous, opportunistic and distorted justification of the salary hike of six percent for politicians, especially by the opposition parties, amounting to N$270 million. The article was carried in the Confidente newspaper of 16 March 2017 edition.
Indeed, Mr. Bezuidenhout, Vice President of the RDP is quoted as saying, “the six percent is not enough” and “that the Constitution makes provision on how he can be remunerated and what benefits he is entitled to”. This is Mr. Bezuidehout’s distorted view. As a matter of fact, in Chapter 16, article 125 on State Revenue Fund, appropriations are made for different votes, including the National Assembly. This arrangement does not spell out Mr. Bezuidenhout’s and other politicians’ remuneration. Nowhere does the Constitution say that either he or other politicians should be remunerated with a six percent increase. This is a figment of his imagination. This clearly show Mr. Bezuidenhout’s contorted thinking and view. Mr. Bezuidenhout is trying to hide behind the Constitution, and in so doing, he is barking up the wrong tree.
I am proud to say that I have voted for the RDP in two successive elections for the National Assembly, on the promise of change and that ‘we can do better’. I have made it my business to follow the debates, read the happenings in National Assembly, and contemporary political issues. Therefore, I think, I am well informed and able to analyse and critically review issues in a nuanced manner.
Mr. Bezuidenhout’s Record of Performance in the National Assembly
I find the behaviour of Mr. Bezuidenhout, Vice President of the RDP repulsive and insulting to my intelligence. I have taken the trouble to look at the performance of Mr. Bezuidenhout, as RDP MP, and his record of participation in the National Assembly. His performance is not something to write home about:
1) During 2015, of the 57 days, the National Assembly was in session, Mr. Bezuidenhout did not, and is not recorded as having participated in any general debates, raised questions or presented motions. For all intents and purposes, he had been mute and in slumber.
2) Similarly, in 2016, of the 87 days, the National Assembly was in session, his performance was equally embarrassing for all and sundry who voted for the RDP. As a matter of fact, his entry in the records of the National Assembly (Minutes and Order Papers) reports is that of seconding other Members motions. Mr. Bezuidenhout’s conduct in the National Assembly is an extra-ordinary case of ‘slumber, whilst awake’.
RDP Recall Mr. Bezuidenhout
It will be worth RDP’s while to recall Mr. Bezuidenhout so that he can enjoy his slumber at home. He should be replaced with a person strident, awake and aggressive. Someone with dynamism to articulate the RDP’s electoral commitments in a robust manner. Indeed, someone who can make those voters who voted for the RDP in 2014 National Assembly elections proud with their heads hold high, and the RDP beginning to claim moral and political high ground amidst corruption.
Voters who stood in the queues and in the sun to vote for the RDP do not need to be insulted by the conduct, disdain and condescending view shown and expressed by Mr. Bezuidenhout. RDP can do better without him!
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