13 Jun 2013 04:40
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday congratulated the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Theo-Ben Gurirab for receiving the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Award last month.
Gurirab received this award from the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Akihito, on 09 May.
Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku congratulated Gurirab on behalf of the MPs during the second day of the NA?s sitting, which resumed here on Tuesday.
?I took this opportunity without broadly consulting, but to express our congratulations as Members of this honourable House on this award. We know that this is not the first award you have received. Nationally and continentally, you have been recognised in different ways,? noted Hausiku.
He then urged the Speaker to do more, and to receive even more recognition in future.
The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun is a Japanese order, established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan.
The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government, created on 10 April 1875 by decree of the Council of State.
Hausiku explained that the order is given to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, the promotion of Japanese culture, advancement in their field and in social welfare or the preservation of the environment.
?In this regard, the Speaker has been awarded this award because of his contribution to the strengthening of the relationship between Japan and Namibia, and for the promotion of Japanese diplomacy regarding Africa,? noted the Deputy Premier.
However, the Rally for Democracy and Progress?s (RDP) MP Jesaya Nyamu wanted to know if it is acceptable for a member of government or parliament to be known to promote the policy of other foreign nations.
Hausiku responded that Gurirab served the United Nations (UN) for a long time, and was the longest-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs in Namibia.
?Now, what do you expect from a Minister of Foreign Affairs in terms of the continental integration policy? Indeed, that is to promote relations between our country and other countries, as well as the continent?s relations with other countries,? he responded further.
He said there is nothing wrong with that, adding that he cannot believe this is a question coming from a former diplomat.
?Of course, I believe that you will follow suit to congratulate Comrade Gurirab, than to be unnecessarily negative,? Hausiku told Nyamu.