20 Mar 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - A vibrant team consisting mainly of young parliamentarians was officially sworn- in here by Chief Justice Peter Shivute in front of thousands of public members who witnessed the event.
The opening of the Sixth parliament had a different feel from the fifth parliament which mostly accommodated the old guard, most of whom have since vacated their seats.
The benches were full to capacity with some seats of the ruling Swapo-party encroaching onto the section previously reserved for opposition parties.
MPs came made grand entrances, with many of them fashionably dressed for the ceremony as they made their way into the chambers.
The incoming MPs, whether from the ruling party or the opposition, dwelled in an endless self congratulations of hugs and kisses.
The swearing-in ceremony, which was presided over by Chief Justice Peter Shivute resumed shortly thereafter with MPs reading their oath in unison.
Many MPs appeared to be anxious and others rather extremely happy during the administration of oath.
Karasburg-born politician and former member of parliament, Ida Hoffmann stumbled and fell on her way to be sworn-in, sending the gathering into utter silence as everyone stared in disbelief.
Hoffmann however confidently stood and continued her walk to the front, as a round of applause rang out from the public gallery.
The event also witnessed the handing over of tools such as the ceremonial mace between outgoing Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Theo-Ben Gurirab and Speaker Professor Peter Katjivivi.
Gurirab said the event was testimony of how Namibia is pushing democracy forward.
Katjavivi is undoubtedly stepping into shoes of a giant who has made an immense contribution to the country.
On her part Loide Kasingo, who retained her position as Deputy Speaker, thanked the Swapo-party and fellow parliamentarians for her nomination, promising to consider the views of all MPs regardless of the party they belonged to.
DTA of Namibia president, McHennry Venaani did not shy away from reminding his fellow parliamentarians that all MPs represented in the house that they are there to serve the people who elected them to power.
Due to the amendments made to the country's constitution last year, the seats of the NA increased from 78 to 104.
For the first time in Namibian history, many hailed the impressing record of 40 per cent women representation at this level.