Swapo MPs advised to do research on Bills

20 Apr 2016 20:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 20 APR (NAMPA – Swapo Party members in the National Council (NC) have been advised to conduct proper research on topics pertaining to bills tabled in Parliament for them to give proper input.
Addressing a two-day party workshop for 38 Swapo councillors, Swapo Chief Whip Lebbius Tobias urged them to know what they are talking about when contributing to discussions on bills.
“Let us research and make sure we know what we are talking about when we give our contribution to bills. We cannot just stand up and talk for the sake of talking.”
Tobias said councillors must take the workshop serious so that they get the message and practice what is taught.
He noted that in most cases, when the media approaches politicians to comment on what they have learned from workshops, they tend to say very little.
“We always say ‘I learned a lot’ but we do not expand on what exactly we have learned. This is because sometimes people do not have the intention to learn.”
The two-day seminar is intended to polish Swapo councillors’ skills on protocol, etiquette and communication.
Expanding on this, Windhoek Urban Constituency Councillor Margaret Mensah-Williams said the seminar also aims to cement teamwork among party members.
She emphasised that the politicians should have honesty and integrity, as these are significant in their work as regional and national leaders.
Swapo has 40 members in the NC while the DTA of Namibia and National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) have one representative each.
Tobias is also the councillor for Tsumeb Constituency and Mensah-Williams Chairperson of the NC.