Nandi-Ndaitwah returns to Parliament

01 Mar 2018 22:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) – Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has returned to Parliament after being absent since she was involved in an accident in December last year.
Speaking to Nampa shortly after attending the National Assembly (NA) session on Thursday Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said she was “back and feeling good.”
“I feel I have recovered. This morning already I was in Cabinet and now I am here in Parliament,” said the deputy prime minister.
She thanked the Namibian people for their support, prayers and well wishes during her recovery.
“I want to thank the Namibian people for what they have done for me and my family. We will not forget,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah was on 28 December 2017 rushed to the Tsumeb Hospital after the vehicle she was travelling in collided head on with another between Tsumeb and Oshivelo, claiming the lives of two people.
She was then airlifted to Mediclinic in Windhoek, where she was placed in the intensive care unit.
On Thursday, Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi was the first to welcome Nandi-Ndaitwah.
McHenry Venaani, the leader of the official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement, spoke highly of the deputy prime minister.
“You are one of those serious leaders who always maintain a high level of leadership. We wish you well,” said Venaani, before handing her a bouquet of flowers.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said one of her first tasks is the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation’s annual new year meeting, which is set to take place on Monday.
In her absence from office, Nandi-Ndaitwah said much has been happening at the ministry under her deputy, Dr Peya Mushelenga, who was recently appointed Minister of Urban and Rural Development during a Cabinet reshuffle.
These include the presentation of credentials by ambassadors and State visits, one by Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
“Tomorrow we are also expecting a visit by the President of South Africa and then there is a State visit which is going to take place. I will be helping the President in organising it,” said an energetic Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Her 2018 schedule includes the extraordinary summit of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community ministerial summit.