New Parliament is waste of public funds: RDP

18 Jun 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUN (NAMPA) - The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) says proposals to construct a new Parliament building by the Swapo-led government is a waste of public funds.
RDP President Jeremiah Nambinga said this during the official opening of his party's Central Committee meeting here on Saturday morning, where he expressed his party's dismay and dissatisfaction at Government's plans to erect a new building for parliamentary sessions.
“The RDP leadership supports the view that Namibia must at all times try to live within its limits. The public resources must be spent on urgent and pressing priorities, and not on prestigious programmes such as the airport terminal, the new Parliament building as well as other new Government offices,” he said.
Nambinga stressed that it is high time the Namibian Government prioritise the alleviation of poverty, hunger and reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youth.
“We cannot understand the reasons why the Swapo-led Government wants to build a new Parliament for N.dollars 2.2 billion while Namibians are languishing in endless poverty, hunger and unemployment.”
Hundreds of Namibians of all walks of life staged a peaceful demonstration in the capital on Thursday during which they strongly condemned Government's plans to build a new Parliament building.
The Namibia Parliament, also known as the Tintenpalast, was built 102 years ago and currently houses the National Assembly with 104 Members of Parliament (MPs). Members of President Hage Geingob’s administration have on various occasions defended the new Parliament, saying it would accommodate all MPs plus members of the National Council and therefore accelerate deliberations and implementation of legislation.