Parliament back - benchers must stop bench warming - analysts

February 13, 2018, 5:20pm

Political analysts have urged parliament back-benchers representing the ruling party and the official opposition to pull their weight by contributing to debates, and to start engaging and updating communities on parliament discussions.

Last year, back-benchers who also make up parliamentary standing committees said that they were crippled by budget cuts and therefore were unable to carry out their mandates.

Between the 2016/17 fiscal years, finance consolidation measures chopped the committees’ budget from N$13 million to a measly N$4.5 million in the current fiscal year.

Speaking to The Villager, political analyst Ndumba Kamwanya said that in the previous parliament session only a hand full of back-benchers contributed to debates. 

“We have seen very little contribution from the side of the back-benchers last year. We have seen them for most of the time showing up there and not contributing to discussions. This has proven that they are not performing at all.