RDP accused of promoting lawlessness

23 Apr 2014 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) was on Tuesday accused of promoting lawlessness in the country during debates on the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) petition in Parliament.
The charge follows RDP Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Naholo’s statement in the National Assembly that the majority of taxi drivers who are trying to make a living and put bread on the tables of their families, are locked up in prison cells due to high traffic fines.
“Many young people, some of whom are graduates from tertiary institutions, are finding themselves driving taxis, not because it’s their fault, but they
are forced by the situation. They have been failed by the system, which has not provided gainful employment for them,” he complained.
Swapo-Party MP and Minister of Justice Uutoni Nujoma was the first to object to the RDP MP’s statements.
“Honourable Naholo, is this the policy of the RDP, to promote lawlessness in this country?” Nujoma asked.
He told Naholo that every Namibian citizen, whether students or taxi drivers, have to adhere to the laws of the country, adding that if rules are followed no one would have to be arrested.
Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila added that belittling the importance of traffic regulations is heart breaking.
In his defence, Naholo pointed out that before the traffic fines were increased from N.dollars 350 to N.dollars 1 000, many taxi drivers were not being arrested, and strikes by taxi drivers were also not common.