NA torn, shuts down Maamberua's motion on resettlement

19 Sep 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Swapo Party members in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday blocked a motion on resettlement by Swanu Party member, Usutuaije Maamberua, tearing the house apart.
The August house was divided when Maamberua rose to motivate a motion which he indicated last week that he would table today.
The motion was to debate the status of the implementation process of the Resettlement Policy, looking at the criteria, process and the list of people who have been resettled since independence to date.
The motion was also to interrogate the challenges and successes experienced this far to improve the resettlement process.
However, before Maamberua could table his motion, Land Reform Minister, Utoni Nujoma rejected it.
This saw an unhappy Maamberua blast Government for making “fancy excuses” for cancelling the second land conference.
“The reasons given do not hold any water. It is not true that Government has scheduled a second land conference any time, anywhere. You are depriving the Namibian people of this life!” he yelled.
Maamberua also questioned why his motion was not opposed last week when he indicated during the NA’s resumption of its sessions that he would table it.
It is at this point that the house was visibly divided, with opposition and ruling party members yelling at each other.
Speaker of the NA, Professor Peter Katjavivi, struggled for a while to bring the house to order until he called for a vote on whether Maamberua’s motion should be tabled or not.
Fifty-three members (all from the ruling party) voted against the motion; and 10 members from the opposition parties voted in favour of the motion.
Katjavivi indicated that only one MP abstained from the vote; however it is not clear who the member was as both Zephania Kameeta and Paula Kooper did not stand during the vote.
The house adjourned until Wednesday.