By Eliaser Ndeyanale
OPPOSITION party members walked out of the National Assembly on Tuesday, after refusing to debate the Urban and Regional Land Bill introduced by Urban and Rural Development Minister, Sophia Shaningwa.
Those who walked out are Asser Mbai of NUDO, the United Democratic Front’s Dudu Murorwa, Rally for Democracy and Progress legislator Mike Kavekotora, SWANU parliamentarian Usutuaije Maamberua and four Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) politicians.
Before they walked out, PDM leader McHenry Venaani said his party was not going to discuss anything to do with land, because there is an agreement in the House that all matters related to land shall cease to be discussed until national land conference takes place.
“We cannot discuss this. The ruling party wants to be the player and the referee, when it suits them. We are walking out,” said Venaani.
Swapo MPs then shouted, “Fine you can go outside, bye-bye see you.”
The ruling party parliamentarians also defended the bill, saying that should it be signed into law, it will allow people to acquire properties fast and that it responds to the needs of the people.
Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein stood up and remarked that the protest action by the opposition was procedural.
He said that National Assembly Speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi, needs to put this on record.
Speaking to Confidente after the opposition MPs walked out, Venaani said their argument is very consistent.
“We were stopped to discuss about land reform (a few months ago). Now they bring in an urban land discussion of special development. We are saying now, why should we discuss this one? What they are doing, they are just doing it to show-off at congress, to be seen that they are really addressing the challenges of the people,” he said.
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